Kaifeng and Beyond: Jewish Life in China, Past and Present

Thursday, May 01, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fromm Hall 120 - Xavier Auditorium
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Elbers, Krysten Cogswell
Center for Pacific Rim

Presented by the
USF Center for the Pacific Rim
Cosponsored by the  
Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice and the
Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies 
Three international experts on the history, spirituality, and current situation of China's Jews, from the oldest Jewish community in Kaifeng to modern refugees in Shanghai and the Northeast, will present their findings in a workshop setting. Dr. Jordan Paper will speak on “The Chinese Jewish Understanding of God”. Dr. Xu Xin will talk about three waves of Jewish immigration to China 1850-1949, discussing what brought them, how they fared, and why they eventually left. Rabbi Anson Laytner will examine the contemporary Jewish community in Kaifeng from the 1950s on, with a focus on their contemporary situation, including issues of identity, religion, economics and emigration. Professor Andrew Ramer will serve as discussant. Presentations will be followed by a Q & A. Moderated by Dr. Andrea Lingenfelter, 2013-2014 Kiriyama Fellow, USF.
Dr. Jordan Paper, Professor Emeritus, York University; Associate Fellow, University of Victoria
Dr. Xu Xin, Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies, Nanjing University (via video-conference)
Rabbi Anson Laytner, Luce Interreligious Initiative Program Manager, Seattle University
Andrew Ramer, Adjunct Professor, Theology and Religious Studies Department, University of San Francisco  

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