October China Seminar

October 14, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. HST |

Past, Future, and Present
Dr. Shana Brown
Chair, History Department
University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Not too long ago, a highly infectious airborne disease emerged in several locations around the world, including China and Hawai’i, and changed public health practices in significant ways. This lecture explores the lessons of the Third Plague Pandemic at the turn of the 20th century, and explores public health responses in the then British colony of Hong Kong, Northeastern China, and Hawai’i. What does the history of this epidemic tell us about how disease events shape modern life, now and in the future?
Dr. Shana Brown is Chair of the UH Mānoa History Department and a specialist in the history of Modern China, particularly intellectual and cultural history, and history of science. She is currently working on books on the history of photography in China and the contributions of modern Chinese women as artists, art collectors, and scholars.