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Bookworm Debates: Ming v Qing

A clash of two dynasties at the Beijing Bookworm

At the China Channel we were saddened to hear of the closure of the Beijing Bookworm, a bookshop and events space at the heart of Beijing’s literary scene since 2002, which is now the latest victim of a cultural clean-up campaign in the capital. To remember this purveyor of knoweldge – and wish it luck in its next incarnation – we’re running a few recordings of their events, beginning with the last debate they hosted, on Sunday 10th November. Organised by the Royal Asiatic Society of Beijing, this debate – also syndicated on Sinica – pits journalists Ian Johnson and Francesco Sisci, on the side of the Ming dynsasty, against historians Michael Aldrich and Jeremiah Jenne for the Qing. A dynastial bout for the ages! Enjoy: