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The lecture will be a brief overview of the life and career of George Psalmanazar, the man who came to England in 1703 pretending to be a native of Formosa (modern Taiwan).

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Date 8 November 2016
Time 15:30 - 17:00
Location Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis
Room Location: Bushuis (Oost-Indisch Huis), VOC-zaal

We will compare his vision of the country to "eyewitness" illustrations of Formosan natives published in Olfert Dapper's Gedenkwaerdig bedryf der Nederlandsche Oost-Indische maetschappye, op de kuste en in het keizerrijk van Taising of Sina (1670) as well as in other places. This will also lead to a related question of how, during the course of the eighteenth century, all East Asians became lumped together into a new racial category called the "Mongolian." 


Michael Keevak is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University.  His most recent book is Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking (Princeton, 2011).  A new book, Embassies to China:  Diplomacy and Cultural Encounters Before the Opium Wars, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis
Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis

Room Location: Bushuis (Oost-Indisch Huis), VOC-zaal

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1012 CX Amsterdam