Event Details

WHAT: An RASBJ online presentation,"Harbin: A Cultural Crossroads," by Prof. Mark Gamsa in conversation with Lukas Gajdos, followed by QA.

WHEN: Wednesday Mar. 2, 2022 from 8:00-9:00 PM Beijing Time


Mark Gamsa's book Harbin: A Cross-Cultural Biography, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2020 (with a paperback edition in 2021) https://utorontopress.com/9781487544249/harbin It's been translated into Chinese for publication by 社会科学文学出版社 in Beijing. In conversation with Lukas Gajdos, the author will discuss the book and its main protagonist, the Baltic German physician and sinophile, Baron Roger Budberg. This presentation is an opportunity to learn about Harbin and relations between the Chinese and Russian populations in this city in Manchuria, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the 1950's, and to hear the singular life story of this highly original Harbin resident.

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  • Mark Gamsa (Speaker)

    Mark Gamsa


    Mark Gamsa teaches modern Chinese history in the School of History of Tel Aviv University. In addition to "Harbin: A Cross-Cultural Biography", he has published on the translation and reception of Russian literature in China, and other aspects of China's contacts with Russia and the West in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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  • Lukas Gajdos (Moderator)

    Lukas Gajdos


    Since September 2020, Gajdos has been based in Jakarta as Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU to ASEAN. Prior to that he was with the Slovak Embassy in Beijing, and a member of the RASBJ Council. While in Southeast Asia, he plans to retrace an expedition of two Czechoslovak legionnaires, who crossed Borneo in 1920.

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