Distinguished Historian to Lecture on “Jews in Shanghai and China During the Holocaust”
Dr. Pan Guang to Deliver Lecture on February 10, 2014
January 30, 2014
Dr. Pan Guang, Vice
Chairman and Professor of Shanghai Center for International Studies and a
leading authority on the Jews of China, will deliver a lecture at Touro Law
Center titled “Jews in Shanghai and China During the Holocaust” on Monday,
February 10 at 12:30 pm. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.
“Dr. Guang is
recognized internationally as a distinguished historian on the Jews in China
and we are thrilled to have him to speak to our students and community,” said
Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin.
His lecture will focus on the experiences of Jews who fled from
Europe to Shanghai, an open port that did not require a visa or passport, more
than 75 years ago as Hitler rose to power in Nazi Germany. Dr. Guang will address
a number of interesting subjects, including: How the Jews who left Europe got
to Shanghai and other parts of China; what their lives were like after they
arrived; and the role Jewish organizations outside of China played in providing
support to the Jews of Shanghai.
This lecture is a kick-off event for a Touro Law Center conference
scheduled for June 2015 on the “Jews of Shanghai,” to be held in Shanghai and
sponsored by Touro Law Center and Shanghai University of International Business
and Economics (SUIBE). Dr. Guang’s
organization, the Center of Jewish
Studies Shanghai, also will sponsor the conference.
The conference will examine the role of the law and the
legal system in understanding the history of the Jews in Shanghai. The conference will bring together law
professors, historians, and journalists to investigate the histories of the
Jews in Shanghai. In addition to the fact
that Shanghai provided as a refuge for Jews leaving Europe during Hitler’s
reign of terror, there are other chapters in the story of the Jews of
Shanghai. Sephardic Jews came to
Shanghai in the 19th century, and some prospered there. Jews left Russia in the 1920s for Northern
China and came to Shanghai during the 1930s.
“All of these stories are interesting and deserve broad public
attention,” said Rodger Citron, Professor of Law at Touro Law Center.
Dr. Pan Guang is Vice Chairman and Professor of Shanghai Center for
International Studies, Director of SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization)
Studies Center in Shanghai, Dean of Center of Jewish Studies Shanghai (CJSS)
and Vice President of Chinese Association of Middle East Studies. Among other
things, he is International Council Member of Asia Society in USA, Senior
Advisor of China-Eurasia Forum in USA, Committee
Member of the WISE Prize for Education, founded by Qatar Foundation, and Senior Advisor on Anti-terror Affairs to
Shanghai Municipality and Ministry of Public Security of PRC. He was appointed
by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as member of the High-Level Group for the UN
Alliance of Civilizations in 2005, and appointed as Ambassador of the AoC in
has conducted research all over the world and published books and articles on a
variety of topics such as The Jews in
China, The Jews in Asia: Comparative
Perspective The Jews in Shanghai, The
Political and Cultural Impact of the Holocaust, From Silk Road to ASEM:
2000 Years of Asia-Europe Relations, A Comprehensive Studies on Shanghai
Cooperation Organization, Contemporary International Crises, China’s Success in
the Middle East, China’s Anti-terror
Strategy, Islam and Confucianism: the Development of Chinese Islam, China’s Energy Strategy, China’s Policy on
AF/PAK, China’s Role in Changing Middle East and so on.
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