Pre-Trip Lecture: Built Heritage in Northern Shanxi with Dr. Joseph Sun Pao Ting 丁新豹博士
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Museum Society’s upcoming trip to Northern Shanxi with Dr. Joseph Ting. All are welcome to attend.
Shanxi province is well known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. China has at present a total of 4,296 gazetted national monuments, of which 452 are in Shanxi province, including some of the oldest and finest built heritage in China. Historically, northern Shanxi lies at the border between nomadic tribes from Mongolia and the agrarian Han Chinese. Historically the Great Wall running along the northern border of the province protected the land from the aggressive nomads.
Dr. Joseph Ting majored in Chinese Literature and Chinese History from HKU and graduated with a BA degree in 1974. He was conferred an MPhil in 1979 and a PhD in 1989, both from HKU. Dr. Ting joined the Hong Kong Museum of Art as an Assistant Curator in 1979 and was appointed Chief Curator of the HK Museum of History in 1995. He retired in 2007 after serving for 28 years. He is currently an Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of Chinese at The University of Hong Kong, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.