Symposium Schedules

Our symposia serve to establish the scholarly content of the project as well solidify a group of international partnerships. The work presented in recent symposia deomonstrate that East Asian societies were, as they continue to be, actively part of the American world. The work of Alejandra Irigoin, an Argentinean economic historian based in London and a partner in our group, shows that powerful Chinese demand for silver engaged not only South American miners but North American shippers as well, with the United States, within years of its founding, shipping vastly more silver to China than to or with any other state.  Melba Falck of the Institute of Pacific Studies in Guadalajara uncovers the role of Japanese merchants in 17th-century Mexico; Sucheta Mazumdar, historian at Duke University, reveals yet another “triangle trade” that ensnared Americans, that of Indian Ocean slaves, textiles, and opium; Caroline Frank, early Americanist at Brown, brings to light the competitive stakes of the East Indies trades in the American Revolution; Elizabeth Sinn, lead scholar in the Hong Kong Memory Project, describes the flows of people, goods, money, ideas, information, values and practices that followed Pearl River Delta migration to the American West Coast, redefining the Pacific Ocean as a vibrant highway Asian-American highway.  See symposia schedules for a complete list of work presented.