Why The Chinese Are So Interested in the Jews

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Venue:Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Avenue

With Professor Xu Xin, Nanjing University

Chinese Authority to Speak on Chinese Perceptions of Jews

Xu Xin, China’s leading expert on Jewish Studies, will speak on “Why the Chinese are So Interested in the Jews,” on Thursday, January 20, 2011, at 7 p.m. in room 243 of the Graham Student Center, on FIU’s Modesto A Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami. The event is free and open to the public.

Xu is Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, where he directs China’s only M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Jewish Studies. He is also President of the China Judaic Studies Association, and editor-in-chief of the Chinese edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica.

He is author of Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng (with Beverly Friend, KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1995), Anti-Semitism: How and Why (Shanghai Shanlian Books, 1996), A History of Western Culture (Peking University Press, 2002), and The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion (KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2003) and A History of Jewish Culture (Peking University Press, 2006). He has also written numerous articles on Judaic topics.

He was a Fellow at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1995, and from 1996-98 was Visiting Scholar at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University, and in 2002 received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He has lectured worldwide, including at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University. This is Xu's third visit to FIU.

The event is sponsored by FIU’s Program in the Study of Spirituality, Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies Program, Sephardic Studies Program, Middle East Society, Judaic Studies Program, and TAK Honor Society.