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Designing Empire from the Inside Out: House and Home in Republican-era (1911- 1949) Tianjin, China
Elizabeth LaCouture, Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Colby College
Elizabeth LaCouture, Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Colby College, will be presenting her paper, "Designing Empire from the Inside Out: House and Home in Republican-era (1911- 1949) Tianjin, China," from her book manuscript, Domestic Empires: House, Home and Cosmopolitan Cultures in Tianjin, China, 1860-1960.
Examining the local and global politics of designing house, home and furnishings in early twentieth-century Tianjin, China, a treaty-port city with nine foreign concessions, this paper argues that through consuming the world at home, Chinese people also produced new meanings of what it meant to be a modern, urban, elite Chinese women or man at the time. Moreover, while historians of North America and Europe, have argued that in consuming empire at home women reinforced the racial, national and gendered imperial imperatives of empire, the case of China and Tianjin suggests that the consumption of empire from within could also be subversive.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Department of History