Symposium: China and the Jews in the Modern Era

logo for symposiumDate:
  Sunday, 19 April 2015. 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place:  Mershon Center, Room 120 & Lounge, OSU
          (1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201)
Flyer:  China and the Jews in the Modern Era (pdf)
Program Schedule:  Symposium Program (pdf)
Abstracts Online: Abstracts and Invited Speakers’ Bios

This event is free and open to all. Everyone is welcome! If you plan to come, please pre-register for planning purposes and for preparing name tags, etc. See you all on April 19 at the symposium site at the Mershon Center, which is located at 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201, on the corner of W. 8th Avenue and Neil Avenue.

Pre-Registration:  Please pre-register online here.



8:30 – 8:50   Registration & refreshments
Registration is free. Everyone is welcome.

8:50 – 9:00   Welcoming Remarks

9:00 – 10:05   Chair:  Prof. Matthew Goldish (History, OSU)
Invited Speaker
Jonathan Goldstein  (University of West Georgia)
“Between Russia, China, and Israel:  The Transnational Identity of Harbin’s Jews, 1899-2015, with Special Reference to the Ehud Olmert Family”

10:05 – 11:10   Chair:  Prof. Ying Zhang (History, OSU)
Invited Speaker
Bei Gao  (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
“China, Japan and the Flight of European Jewish Refugees to Shanghai, 1937-1945”

11:20 – 11:50   Kaiqi Hua  (University of California Merced)  – via videoconferencing
“Sketch of Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln’s Adventure in China (1922-1943)”

12:00 – 1:00   Catered lunch at Mershon Center


1:00 – 2:05   Chair:  Rabbi Anson Laytner (Seattle University)
Invited Speaker
Noam Urbach  (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
“Sino-Christo-Judaica: The Christian Factor in the History of Kaifeng Jewry”

2:05 – 3:10   Chair:  Prof. Bei Gao (U. of North Carolina Wilmington)
Invited Speaker
Moshe Bernstein  (U. of Western Australia, Australia)
“Authenticity Claims and Authentication Processes: The Kaifeng Jews’ Revival of an Unrecognized Identity”

3:10 – 4:15   Chair:  Prof. Jonathan Goldstein (University of West Georgia)
Invited Speaker
Rabbi Anson Laytner  (Seattle University)
“Kol Yisrael Haverim: The Impact of External Jewish Contact with the Kaifeng Jews in the 20th and 21st Centuries”

4:15 – 4:30   Coffee & tea break

4:30 – 5:30   Chair:  Prof. Marjorie Chan (E. Asian L&L, OSU)
OSU Libraries’ Jewish Studies Collection and Resources on the Jews in China
Joseph Galron-Goldschläger  (Jewish Studies Librarian)
Guoqing Li  (Chinese Studies Librarian)

5:30 – 6:00   Ya’nan Bai (Independent Scholar) and Litong Chen (OSU)
“Nineteenth Century Mandarin in the Old Testament: A Study of the Translation of Biblical Names”

6:00   Closing Remarks

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Melton Center for Jewish Studies
Institute for Chinese Studies

Organizing Committee

Matthew Goldish (Director, Melton Center for Jewish Studies)
Marjorie K.M. Chan (Director, Institute for Chinese Studies)

Committee Members:
Lori Fireman  (Program Coordinator, Melton Center)
Jeffrey Chan  (Assistant Director, Institute for Chinese Studies)

Yutian Tan (President, Graduate Students of E. Asian L. & L.)
Jia Shi (Treasurer, Graduate Students of E. Asian L. & L.)
Allegra Lewison (President, Jewish Studies Student Association)
Rachel Lieberman (Treasurer, Jewish Studies Student Association)

Webinar Assistants: Tsz-Him Tsui (Linguistics) & Litong Chen (DEALL)
Flyer & Poster Designer: Tan Nguyen (Communications & Events Coordinator, CLLC)

College of Arts and Sciences
East Asian Studies Center
Middle East Studies Center
Center for the Study of Religion
Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Department of History
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Council on Student Affairs
Jewish Studies Student Association (JSSA)
Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures (GREALL)

Special Thanks
Our special thanks for support from the Melton Center’s Thomas and Diann Mann Distinguished Symposium Fund, the Sino-Judaic Institute, and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant to OSU’s East Asian Studies Center.