HKMM Weekend Talks Join us at the HKMM on weekend afternoons to find out more about Hong Kong’s colourful maritime story. These talks relate to the Special Exhibition Mapping Ming China’s Maritime World – The Selden Map and Other Treasures from the University of Oxford. Free, with admission to the Museum ($30 adults ; seniors & students $15) SUNDAY March 23rd (in English), 2pm to 3:15pm THE SELDEN MAP OF CHINA: REINTERPRETING CHINA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD Speakers: Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, University of Oxford and Rana Mitter,Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, Director of the Oxford China Centre, University of Oxford. The Selden Map of China has been part of the collections of the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford for over 350 years, but recent conservation work and new scholarship is highlighting its significance as a major source for re-evaluating our understanding of China’s commercial relationships with Asia and the wider world. The Map also sheds new and valuable light on the beginnings of cultural and intellectual connections between China and the United Kingdom. SATURDAY April 26th (in Cantonese), 2:30pm to 4:00pm Speaker : Tam Kwong Lim ,Managing Director of Kingstar Shipping Ltd. THE SELDEN MAP AND CHINESE MARITIME TRADING ROUTES Chairman of Advisory Board of History, IN THE LATE 16TH TO EARLY 17TH CENTURY Lingnan University, Hong Kong. In the late Ming Dynasty, under pressure from the coastal provinces to open up, the Court in Beijing eventually in 1567 lifted the 200 year old ban on maritime trade permitting Chinese ships to trade overseas from the port of Zhangzhou, in southern Fujian. Traders needed to apply for a permit, giving details of the import and export cargoes involved, number of seamen and passengers onboard and most importantly of all, the ship's destination port. A record of these permits allows researchers to map out the trading patterns of Chinese sailing ships of that era, which appears to fit well into the trade routes meticulously drawn on the Selden Map. SATURDAY May 3rd (in English), 2:30pm to 4:00pm Speaker: James K. Chin, Board Director, Hong Kong Maritime Museum Ltd. THE HOKKIEN MERCHANTS IN HISTORICAL MARITIME ASIA Editor-in-Chief, See HKMM website for details Journal of Maritime History Studies SATURDAY May 24th (in Mandarin, supplemented with Cantonese), Speaker: Chan Kai Wing,Tenured consultant, 2:30pm to 4:00pm The China Society for Maritime History Studies. Research Fellow, Collaborative Innovation TRADE ROUTES AND SAILING MAPS IN IMPERIAL CHINA Center for South China Sea Studies Chinese travellers, such as Hsu Fu (a court magician in the Qin dynasty), had sailed overseas since the Qin and Han dynasties. They discovered and recorded routes from China to Japan and to India and started to map the South China Sea. Skills for mapping the South China Sea developed in the Ming and Qing dynasties helped in the drawing of the Selden Map of China and other Chinese Navigational Maps. Compasses and sea route guides were used by the Chinese for navigation from the Song dynasty. Chan Kai Wing introduces the trade routes, sailing maps and sea route guides used in China and compares the achievements of the Chinese and the Europeans. SATURDAY June 21st (in English), 2:30pm to 4:00pm Speaker: Fung Kam Wing, Zhu Kezhen History of Science Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences. CHARTING THE EASTERN AND WESTERN OCEANS: Associate Professor, School of THE MAKING OF MARITIME CARTOGRAPHY IN EAST ASIA (1500-1700) Chinese, University of Hong Kong Prior to the introduction of Portuguese maritime maps to East Asia, East Asian people had used their traditional maritime cartographic skills to chart the western Pacific and Indian oceans. This talk describes the East Asian tradition of seafaring, nautical cartographic map-making and the navigational instruments employed during maritime voyages. Maritime cartographic maps made by East Asian, Islamic and Western map-makers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries will also be discussed.
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