Beyond Pan-Asianism: Connecting China and India, 1840s-1960s

ISBN : 9780190129118

Tansen Sen; Brian Tsui
489 ページ
145 x 225 mm

Within Asia, the period from 1840s to 1960s had witnessed the rise and decline of Pax Britannica, the growth of multiple and often competing anti-colonial movements, and the entrenchment of the nation-state system. Beyond Pan-Asianism seeks to demonstrate the complex interactions between China, India, and their neighbouring societies against this background of imperialism and nationalist resistance. The contributors to this volume, from India, the West, and the Chinese-speaking world, cover a tremendous breadth of figures, including novelists, soldiers, intelligence officers, archivists, among others, by deploying published and archival materials in multiple Asian and Western languages. This volume also attempts to answer the question of how China-India connectedness in the modern period should be narrated. Instead of providing one definite answer, it engages with prevailing and past frameworks-notably 'Pan-Asianism' and 'China/India as Method'-with an aim to provoke further discussions on how histories of China-India and, by extension the non-Western world, can be conceptualized.


Section 1: Epistemological Interventions
Chapter One: Slave of the Colonizer: The Indian Policeman in Chinese Literature
Adhira Mangalagiri
Chapter Two: China-India Myths in Xu Dishan's 'Goddess of Supreme Essence'
Gal Gvili
Chapter Three: Rethinking Pan-Asianism through Zhang Taiyan: India as Method
Viren Murthy
Section 2: Encounters and Images
Chapter Four: Through the 'Indian Lens': Observations and Self-Reflections in Late Qing Chinese Travel Writings on India
Zhang Ke
Chapter Five: India-China 'Connectedness': China and Pan-Asianism in the late-19th to
mid-20th Century Writings in Hindi
Kamal Sheel
Chapter Six: China in the Popular Imagination: Images of Chin in North India at the Turn of
the Twentieth Century
Anand A. Yang
Section 3: Cultures and Mediators
Chapter Seven: 'Tagore and China' Reconsidered: Starting from a Conversation with Feng
Yu-ting Lee
Chapter Eight: When Culture Meets State Diplomacy: The Case of Cheena Bhavana
Brian Tsui
Chapter Nine: Erecting a Gurdwara on Queen's Road East -The Singh Sabha Movement,
the Boxer Uprising, and the Sikh Community in Hong Kong
Cao Yin
Chapter Ten: Mecca between China and India: Wartime Chinese Islamic Diplomatic
Missions across the Indian Ocean
Janice Hyeju Jeong
Section 4: Building and Challenging Imperial Networks
Chapter Eleven: Indian Political Activism in Republican China
Madhavi Thampi
Chapter Twelve: Between Alliance and Rivalry: Nationalist China and India During World War II
Wen-shuo Liao
Chapter Thirteen: Shipping Nationalism in India and China, 1920-1952
Anne Reinhardt
Chapter Fourteen: The Chinese Intrigue in Kalimpong: Intelligence Gathering and the 'Spies'
in a Contact Zone
Tansen Sen
Prasenjit Duara


Tansen Sen is Professor, Department of History, New York University Shanghai, China.; Brian Tsui Kai Hin is Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.