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A Transpacific Voyage

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Hu Shih (1891-1962) was one of the most influential figures in modern China. He played a key role in China’s New Culture Movement, establishing the vernacular (baihua) as the official written Chinese language. During World War II, Hu Shih even served as China’s ambassador to the United States between 1938 and 1942. While most of his public and private documents such as letters, diaries, manuscripts, and personal collections are preserved in the Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Hu Shih Memorial Hall at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, some of his personal collection of books and documents in the United States have not yet been systematically organized and archived. In this exhibition, a selection of books collected by Hu Shih between 1942 and 1958 in the United States are displayed in the Run Run Shaw Library of the City University of Hong Kong. Due to the pandemic, only a limited number of books could be brought from the United States for the exhibition. Nonetheless, they are valuable in studying the life of Hu Shih and his work on Chinese language and philosophy. Some of these books are even suitable to read alongside Hu Shih Riji (Hu Shih’s Diary), which provides a new perspective to understand this well-known historical figure.

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TitleA Transpacific Voyage
CityHong Kong
Degree of recognitionInternational event