1989 / 3月
/photos courtesy of China and the West
An unusual exhibition was held in 1851 in London's Hyde Park. According to the posters, the subject was--a Chinese woman! Teamed up with her "performance" were a Chinese zither player and a couple of "interesting" children.
From a shilling a peek to Arnold Toynbee's prediction that the 21st century will belong to East Asia, the mysterious veils of the Orient have gradually been peeled away layer by layer, and Chinese studies have achieved international recognition as an important academic discipline.
Thoughtful ROC citizens have repeatedly called on the country to make use of its strong financial and cultural resources to acquire and organize even more materials and establish Taiwan as a world stronghold of sinological studies. Toward this end, Sinorama has planned a series of penetrating reports on "Sinology Around the Globe." Beginning with the situation at home, our writers will fan out to other countries to talk to noted sinologists in person and to look at the Chinese cultural artifacts and materials kept overseas.
This engraving is said to show the reception by Queen Victoria of a Chinese family in the late 1840s.