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February 16, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University's Asian Studies department will present a series of public lectures this semester.

The first lecture, "China's One Country, Two Systems Policy for Reunification with Taiwan," will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in room 204 of Hyer Hall, 6424 Hilltop Lane, featuring Fulbright scholar and comparative constitutional law Professor Zhenmin Wang.

Wang, who is at Harvard Law School this year as a Fulbright scholar researching judicial reasoning, has been invited to the SMU Dedman School of Law for a 10-day visit.

The second lecture, "Regional Culture, Transnational Culture: The Overseas Circuits of Cantonese Opera before the Pacific War," will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Room 131 Fondren Science Building, 3215 Daniel Ave., featuring Wing Chung Ng, University of Texas at San Antonio history professor.

Ng will discuss how transnational audiences from Southeast Asia and North America had an effect on Cantonese opera during the formative stage of this theatrical genre in the early 20th century.

The third lecture, "Introducing the Uterus to China: Benjamin Hobson's New Treatise on Women's and Children's Diseases," will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Promenade A and B rooms in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St., featuring Dr. Yi-Li Wu of Albion College.

Wu will discuss how American and European missionaries used the "superiority" of Western medical techniques to show Chinese people the "superiority" of Western civilization and Christianity in late imperial China, to no avail. Wu will discuss that while British missionary doctor Benjamin Hobson published five Chinese language works on Western medicine in the 1850s, including a work on gynecology and obstetrics, his emphasis on surgical intervention rendered his practices irrelevant to the practices of elite Chinese doctors, who sought alternatives to manual surgery.

For more information, contact Lisa Ahnert, director of Asian Studies, at (214) 768-3164.