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Writer Amitav Ghosh to give a talk, “Chasing the Dragon: Traveling the Opium Route to Qing China,” October 25, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Amitav Ghosh will discuss 19th century Guangzhou through the eyes of Chinese and European artists in “Chasing the Dragon: Traveling the Opium Route to Qing China,” on Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 pm in Villard Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Guangzhou (also known as Canton) is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan entrepots. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was through this city, and its environs, that opium was funneled into China by British, American and Indian merchants. This trade was to have an enormous impact, not just on China but the whole world: its influence on India was especially significant, for the subcontinent was the world's leading opium-producing region under the British Raj.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is the author of one book of non-fiction, a collection of essays and eight novels, of which the most recent is The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016). His books have won prizes in India, Europe and Myanmar and he has been awarded honorary degrees by the Sorbonne, Paris, and by Queens College, New York. He divides his time between Brooklyn, Goa and Kolkata.

This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Department and co-sponsored by the departments of Political Science, Sociology, History, International Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Anthropology, Religion, Africana Studies and Office of the Dean of Faculty.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 5, 2017