Chinese views on the European “barbarians” in late Ming and early Qing China (16th - 17th centuries) by Ana Hosne

Date & Time

21. 10. 2020 at 2 pm


Trainee Centre Online via Zoom


This lecture focuses on Chinese views of the Europeans – from the arrival of the Portuguese in the South China Sea in the early 16th century, to that of different generations of Jesuit missionaries as from the end of that century –, through the analysis of different records in which Europeans are named yi 夷, a term usually translated as “barbarian” into European languages. The point of departure is a theoretical analysis of the concept of yi, through different moments in Chinese history. With this theoretical background in mind, the focus then shifts to the study of different Chinese sources between the late Ming and early Qing periods, to reflect on the different scenarios in which Europeans were regarded as yi by the Chinese.


Ana Carolina Hosne is Assistant Researcher at the National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET), Argentina. She specializes in early modern mission history, cultural exchanges between China, Europe and colonial Latin America in the early modern period and, more recently, between Europe, Tibet and China, with a special focus on Jesuit missions. She is the author of The Jesuit Missions to China and Peru. Expectations and Appraisals of Expansionism, 1570-1610 (Oxon: Routledge, 2013). She is currently co-editing a volume entitled Imagined Peripheries. “Barbarians” in East Asia, from antiquity through the imperial era.