Authors Shareen Blair Brysac & Karl E. Meyer on Their New Book, The China Collectors

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

the china collectorsAuthors Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer speak about The China Collectors: America's Century-Long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures. Thanks to Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, curators on horseback and missionaries gone native, North American museums now possess the greatest collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia itself. How did it happen? The China Collectors is the first full account of a century-long treasure hunt in China from the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion to Mao Zedong’s 1949 ascent.

brysac-meyerShareen Blair Brysac has been an award-winning documentary producer for CBS News, the author of four books including Tournament of Shadows and Kingmakers, and a contributing editor of Archaeology Magazine. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Nation, and Military History Quarterly.

Karl E. Meyer was a longtime foreign correspondent and editorial writer at the Washington Post and the New York Times and the editor of the World Policy Journal. A Princeton Ph.D., he has taught at Yale, Princeton and Tufts’ Fletcher School. His fourteen books include The Plundered Past, on the illicit trade in antiquities; The Art Museum: Power, Money, Ethics; and The Pleasures of Archaeology.

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