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Visual technologies accompanied American Protestant and Catholic missionaries as they undertook cultural, political, and religious projects in China over the first half of the twentieth century.  Their evolving visual practices and products, however, ultimately escaped the missionary mold and entered global imaginations, coloring American views of modern China alongside Chinese engagements with the world.  In this talk, Professor Ho explores intersections between image-making, contested identities, and transnational ways of seeing – many of which transformed 20th century Sino-US encounters on both sides of the lens.

Dr. Joseph W. Ho is Assistant Professor of History at Albion College and a Center Associate at the University of Michigan’s Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.  His research concerns transnational visual culture in China-US encounters, Chinese Christianity, and modern East Asian history.  He has published essays on these topics in the UCLA Historical Journal, U.S. Catholic Historian, Education About Asia, and edited volumes.  Ho is the co-editor of War and Occupation in China: The Letters of an American Missionary from Hangzhou, 1937-1938 (Lehigh University Press, 2017), and author of Developing Mission: Photography, Filmmaking, and American Missionaries in Modern China (Cornell University Press, 2021).


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