Free Lecture: China in the Year of the Dog

This special Trinity Centre for Asian Studies public evening lecture celebrates the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Dog!

Monday 19 February 2018. 6.30pm, Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub. Trinity Centre for Asian Studies Public Evening Lecture by Dr Adrian Tien, Dr Isabella Jackson and Dr Heid Ning Kang Wang-Kaeding, “China in the Year of Dog”. Join us for this special celebration of Chinese New Year!

Trinity’s academic staff in Chinese Studies will deliver a series of three mini-talks:

• Dogs are more than man’s best friend: the linguistic and cultural evidence (Adrian Tien)

• Leaping Dog: Plans for a Great Leap in the Year of the Dog sixty years ago (Isabella Jackson)

• Do Dogs have rights? Animal Rights Protection in China (Heid Ning Kang Wang-Kaeding).

Dogs are more than man’s best friend: the linguistic and cultural evidence
To Chinese, dogs are not just dogs and they are more than just man’s best friend. They are also chickens’ best buddies. In this presentation, we will examine a range of linguistic and cultural evidence which shed light on the reason why the canine should have come to occupy a significant place in the hearts of Chinese – whether or not they realised it.

Leaping Dog: Plans for a Great Leap in the Year of the Dog sixty years ago
China has experienced remarkable growth in recent decades. But this is not the first time the country has been ambitious for dramatic and rapid economic and industrial expansion. In 1958, China launched a plan to equal Britain’s industrial output, double steel production, and apply industrial approaches to agriculture. Favourable weather produced a good harvest that summer, but with labourers diverted to back-yard steel furnaces, crops were unfortunately left to rot in the fields or devoured by pests. This marked the beginning of the largest famine in human history. In this lecture, Dr Jackson will examine the origins and consequences of this most ambitious project.

Do Dogs have rights? Animal Rights Protection in China
This lecture looks at the development of animal rights protection in China. In the lecture, Dr Wang-Kaeding will begin with the debate of animal rights in China with a particular highlight of the cultural dimension. The lecture will then examine the role of government and social organisations in the movement to raise awareness of animal rights in China. We conclude with a reflection of the challenges of the campaign of animal rights protection.

(ISL interpretation available on request, please contact TCAS at tcas@tcd.ie by 12 February.)

  • Venue Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Centre
    Date Mon 19 Feb
    Time 18:30 - 20:00
    Fee Free, booking required
Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2