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The Irish and China : Encounters and Exchanges

The Irish and China : Encounters and Exchanges

Jerusha McCormack

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The Irish and China brings together fascinating essays on a wide range of Chinese-Irish connections, from literature and science to philosophy and food, and many things in between.

The Irish and China brings together fascinating essays on a wide range of Chinese-Irish connections, from literature and science to philosophy and food, and many things in between. In 1318, The Irish Franciscan friar and explorer James of Ireland accompanied Friar Odoric of Pordenone to the Far East, thus becoming the first Irish person in China.

Since then, encounters between the Irish and the people of China have proliferated: just as Ireland gained from the plant hunters of the late Qing dynasty, so China learned eagerly from the tactics of Irish cultural nationalism early in the twentieth century.

Such fruitful exchanges were made possible by parallels on their historical development, as each grew - in only a few generations - from traditional argricultural societies into modren, globalized republics. Whether it is China's ecstatics welcome of Riverdance, Kerrygold butter and the prose of James Joyce, or Ireland's reinvention of itself through its culture and newly multicultural society, these essays demonstrate, often in surprising ways, just how each nation has helped transform the other.

With a welcome message from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, this collection of essays also celebrates four decades of Sino-Irish diplomatic relations.

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Author Jerusha McCormack
Publisher New Island
Publication date 30 Apr 2019
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781848407213

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