Life of Puyi and the End of Imperial Governance of the Forbidden City | Young China Watchers, Beijing


by Project Pengyou on December 15th, 2014   724 views

When and Where

  • 15/12/2014
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Parlor
    Xindong Lu Xinfuercun 39-8 [behind the Bentley Dealership (north side of International Wonderland)]
    Beijing
    China
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Life of Puyi and the End of Imperial Governance of the Forbidden City | Young China Watchers, Beijing

Event Details

***REGISTRATION REQUIRED*** YCW Beijing is delighted to invite you to a talk by Lars Ulrik Thom of Beijing Postcards for a special holiday gathering at Parlor. Please join us for the last event of the year to learn more about the history of Beijing and for some holiday cheer.

Life of Puyi and the End of Imperial Governance of the Forbidden City

With Lars Ulrik Thom of Beijing Postcards

Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:00PM at Parlor (香)

YCW Beijing is delighted to invite you to a talk by Lars Ulrik Thom of Beijing Postcards for a special holiday gathering at Parlor. Please join us for the last event of the year to learn more about the history of Beijing and for some holiday cheer.

This November marked ninety years since the boy emperor, Puyi, finally left the Forbidden City.

When the young, bespectacled monarch was finally expelled from his palace, it was also the end of the Imperial governance of the Forbidden City. Hundreds of eunuchs, acrobats, soldiers, servants, etc. followed the ex-monarch into the dusty streets of Beijing and the most important institution in Chinese history was abolished for good.

The film “The Last Emperor” is to many the first introduction to Imperial China. But what did the Imperial departure really mean to China? And what did it mean to Beijing? How is Puyi remembered today? Does his legacy in fact hold any significance at all?

“Life of Puyi” is a talk about the last emperor of China, based on research conducted by Lars Ulrik Thom and Beijing Postcards.

*** For this event, we have reserved the second floor of Parlor (entrance will be RMB 40 and will include a beverage). There will also be a special happy hour menu for YCW members. ***
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Lars Ulrik Thom is a historian and writer based in Beijing. He studied sinology and Chinese language at universities in Copenhagen, Kunming and Beijing. He regularly speaks on the history of modern China and is the co-author of a Danish travel guide to Beijing.

Thom is also the co-founder of Beijing Postcards. Beijing Postcards is a company that specializes in modern Chinese history, with an emphasis on Beijing. The company collects visual interpretations of China through photographs, prints, and maps. Beijing Postcards also organizes walking tours, sells historic maps, and conducts research on topics relating to modern Chinese history.
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Young China Watchers is a dynamic group of China-focused young professionals. Through regular roundtables and talks with senior figures in the China policy and business communities, it provides a chance for engaged individuals to interact and discuss the most pressing issues emerging from China today. It aims to build a global network, fostering the next generation of China thought-leaders.

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