Anthony E. Clark

Professor Anthony E. Clark is an Associate Professor of late-imperial Chinese history and director of the Asian Studies Program at Whitworth University. He has published three books, Ban Gu's History of Early China (2008), Beating Devils and Burning Their Books: Views of China, Japan, and the West (2010), and China's Saints: Catholic Martyrdom During the Qing (1644-1911). Clark's current project considers the Sino-Western tensions between Franciscan friars and local officials during the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi province, circa 1900.

Lecture "Mandarins, Missionaries, and Christian Resistance in China"

Professor Anthony Clark's lecture will confront one of China's most politically charged topics, the political and cultural relationship between Christian missionaries, native Christians, and the government, from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911), until the turbulent decade of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Moving beyond the perimeters of his recent book, China's Saints: Catholic Martyrdom During the Qing, Clark's talk will consider how Chinese Christians, as a minority religious group, have retained a culture of resistance, both implicitly and explicitly, up until Mao's death in 1976.