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The ‘Zongfa’ Utopia during the Mid-Nineteenth Century


【Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities】Lecture Series

【The Long Nineteenth Century – Intellectual Turmoil during the Late Qing Period】


Lecture 2: The ‘Zongfa’ Utopia during the Mid-Nineteenth Century


About the Lecture

The literati believed that the main responsibility of the country was to ‘educate’ and ‘nurture’ the people. However, since the 1840s, some utopian beliefs started to emerge. Such beliefs contended that the country could no longer bear the responsibility of educating and nurturing the people. Instead, there should be ‘a large clan system’ based on the beliefs of ‘Zongfa’ to replace the role of ‘the country’.



Professor Wang Fan-sen

Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities

Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Academician, Academia Sinica



Professor Siu Fu Tang

Associate Professor

School of Chinese of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Hong Kong


12th April 2024 (Friday)  |  3:30 pm

4.36 Faculty Conference Room,

4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower,

Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong


Language: Mandarin


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