Matteo Ricci: Letters From China

Matteo Ricci, S.J., was a 16th-century Italian Jesuit priest who spent nearly 30 years of his life in China. Ricci's letters have recently attracted the attention of scholars, but they are also a valuable source of insight for any non-Chinese living and working in the Middle Kingdom. This event is a panel discussion of Chinese and Western scholars on the significance of Ricci's letters for a variety of academic fields and for a broader audience.


  • Amy Yu Fu (Zhejiang University City College)

    Amy Yu Fu

    Zhejiang University City College

    Amy Yu Fu is associate professor of English at Zhejiang University City College. She received her Ph.D. in religion from the Dept. of Philosophy, Zhejiang University. From 2014 to 2016, She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. She has translated several books in the field of religion and her commentary and translation of Dao De Jing (English) is forthcoming. Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals home and abroad. She has also presented papers at conferences in China, America, Korea and Australia on comparative religion and interreligious dialogue. Her research interest includes the cultural interaction between China and the West in the seventeenth century.

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  • Dennis MacNamara (Georgetown University)

    Dennis MacNamara

    Georgetown University

    Dennis MacNamara, S.J., is the Park Professor of Sociology and Korean Studies at Georgetown, and in addition serves as the Special Assistant to the University President for China Affairs. Beyond the university, he chairs the Korea/Japan Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. He serves as a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. He is active in the International Studies Association, the International Sociological Association, and the Society for the Study of Socio-Economics (SASE). Continuing a regular round of lecturing and research abroad, he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of International Studies at Sogang University (Seoul), as a member of the International Board at Sophia University (Japan), and lectures regularly at Renmin University (Beijing). His appointment in 2008 as Special Assistant for China permits residence in Beijing and elsewhere in Asia for much of the year. He has published six books, multiple academic articles, and continues an extensive research agenda. Current interests include a comparative study of innovation systems in Northeast Asia, and of university-industry collaboration in Southeast Asia.

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  • Thierry Meynard (Sun Yat-sen University)

    Thierry Meynard

    Sun Yat-sen University

    Born in France in 1963, Prof. Meynard is currently professor and PhD director at the philosophy department of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, where he teaches Western Philosophy and Latin Classics. He is the vice-director of the Archive for Introduction of Western Knowledge at Sun Yat-Sen University. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Peking University, presenting a thesis on Liang Shuming. He has authored The Jesuit Reading of Confucius (Boston: Brill, 2015), The Religious Philosophy of Liang Shuming (Boston: Brill, 2011), Confucius Sinarum Philosophus (Rome: IHSI, 2011), and co-authored with Sher-shiueh Li, Jesuit Chreia in Late Ming China (Bern: Peter Lang: 2014).

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  • Federico Zheng Wen (Beijing Foreign Studies University)

    Federico Zheng Wen

    Beijing Foreign Studies University

    Prof. Federico WEN Zheng is Associate Professor of Italian Language and Culture and Director of Teaching and Research at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), where he has been teaching for nearly 20 years. Prof. WEN has published more than 40 books on various topics including a series of Italian textbooks which won a national prize for language textbooks. He recently published a complete translation of all of Matteo Ricci’s letters into Chinese Li Madou shu xin ji (Beijing: Commercial Press).

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  • Huiling Yang (Beijing Foreign Studies University)

    Huiling Yang

    Beijing Foreign Studies University

    Prof. YANG Huiling, Researcher at the International Institute of Chinese Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). She works as the office dean of the International Sinology, general secretary of the China Academic Union on Overseas Sinology of Chinese Comparative Literature Association. Prof. YANG specializes in the field of cross-disciplinary studies on Sino-Europe Cultural History, History of Bilingual Lexicography, and History of Christianity in China. Prof. YANG’s publication includes 2 monographs (Study on the tradition of Chinese-English dictionaries in the 19th century, 2012; Bridging the Chinese to the World: Research on Robert Morrison’s Dictionary of the Chinese Language in Three Parts, 2017), 2 translated books (Memoirs of the Life and Labours of Robert Morrison, 2008; China Illustrata, 2010), 4 compilations, and about 30 academic papers in the core academic journals home and abroad. Prof.YANG also researched on Matteo Ricci's bilingual Chinese dictionaries and the Jesuits tradition of compiling Chinese dictionaries in China.

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General Admission

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Standard Price RMB 50
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Standard Price RMB 30


The Beijing Center at University of International Business and Economics

4th Floor Ningyuan Bldg, University of International Business and Economics, No. 10 Huixin East Street Chaoyang District
Beijing, China

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