The Story Of The Camellia
Nicholas Menzies, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Menzies tells the story of the camellia in China to demonstrate how traditional Chinese knowledge of plants gave way to scientific botany between 1850–1950. This was a century in which China saw the collapse of the imperial system of government, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and a questioning and upending of a millennial cultural legacy. A dramatic shift occurred from the 'traditional' study and representation of plants as objects steeped in a rich cultural heritage to the ‘scientific’ study of the plant as an organism within a hierarchy of plant relationships.
About the Presenter
is the Li Research Fellow in Chinese Botanical Science at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. He served previously as Director of the Asia Institute at the University of California Los Angeles, and as Program Officer with the Ford Foundation in Kenya and China. He earned an MA in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University (UK), and a PhD in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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The Harmonic Forest: Musical Structures Heard as Trees
First Satyagraha: Gandhi's Campaign Against Indigo Plantations in Early Twentieth Century India
The Story of the Camellia
Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta
Fruit Trees, Family Trees, and Landscape Change: The Durians of West Kalimantan, Indonesia
The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity
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