With “Peace and War” as the theme, two seminars were held back-to-back to maximum capacity at Kishu A Forest of Literature in Taipei on February 4 and 5, 2023. Managing Editor Cindy Ho and Dr. Hugo Lai introduced the four newly published e-books — Wang Jingwei’s Political Discourse — Newly Compiled and Revised Edition, Wang Jingwei Nanshe Poetry — Newly Compiled and Revised Edition, What Have I Done in My Life? Wang Jingwei’s Decisions In Troubled Times and 1937: A War Begins — and the importance of understanding history through primary source material.
The event on February 4th was moderated by international relations scholar Dr. Simon Shen. Intellectual historian Professor Eugene Chiu spoke about the global situation surrounding Wang Jingwei’s time; and Professor Hsu Yuming discussed Wang’s relationship with Chen Bijun, as seen in letters and poetry.
On February 5, well-known media personality Chip Tsao (To Kit) was the keynote speaker. He urged the audience to study Wang Jingwei’s person and actions from a broader perspective.
Each talk concluded with participation from the audience, who thanked the Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust for its effort in sharing first-hand material, while others shared their knowledge about living in the territories occupied by the Japanese governed by the Wang Jingwei regime. Members of the audience purchased copies of What Have I Done in My Life? Wang Jingwei’s Decisions In Troubled Times and 1937: A War Begins which were printed especially for the seminars and signed by the speakers.
On February 14 we hosted another seminar entitled Wang Jingwei & Nanshe Poetry at the Department of Chinese History, National Chengchi University, moderated by Professor Tang-chi Chang to a full auditorium. Students, academics and members of the public heard about the significance of the literary association Nanshe. Dr. Hugo Lai, a member of our editorial team, spoke about the literary and historical value of Nanshe Poetry while Zephyr Li, also of our editorial team, analyzed the importance of Wang Jingwei Nanshe Poetry— Newly Compiled and Revised Edition and possibilities for future study. The final speaker, Nanshe specialist Professor Xiang Ling Lin, discussed the implications of positively identifying Wang Jingwei as the author of Nanshe Poetry and the importance of the appearance of firsthand material.
The three book launch seminars stimulated media attention to firsthand material related to Wang Jingwei, with interviews on YouTube and radio. Check out our latest titles Wang Jingwei’s Political Discourse— Newly Compiled and Revised Edition, Wang Jingwei Nanshe Poetry— Newly Compiled and Revised Edition, What Have I Done in My Life? Wang Jingwei’s Decisions In Troubled Times and 1937: A War Begins. Order now through February 28 at 12% OFF.
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