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Great Cities: Tokyo and Hong Kong

June 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Our first Dialogues seminar this summer will connect two great Asian cities: Tokyo and Hong Kong. As the early modern capital of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the city of Edo grew from a small rural town to the largest city in the world and became known as Tokyo. The British colony of Hong Kong evolved from a small Chinese island into a global center of trade and finance before returning to Chinese control at the end of the 20th century. How are these cities similar or different, and how are they changing amid the political, economic, and cultural transitions of the 21st century? Join us as we explore modern Tokyo and Hong Kong with two well-informed UNC historians.


Tokyo: From the Shogun’s City to the Modern Asian Metropolis
Morgan Pitelka, Professor of History and Asian Studies, and Director, Carolina Asia Center

Hong Kong: A Chinese City and its Postcolonial Transitions
Michael Tsin, Associate Professor of History

Tokyo and Hong Kong
A panel discussion with our speakers

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018. The tuition is $65. A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

Register for this seminar.

Please note: Registered participants will receive an email with all the Dialogues’ seminar information approximately two weeks before the program date.


June 2, 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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