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Nam nguyen official poster 02 28 2013

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  • 1. HARVARD-YENCHING INSTITUTE LUNCH TALK SERIES Reality and Reproduction: Aspects of Sino-Vietnamese Relations as Reflected in a Fourteenth-Century Handscroll PaintingNam NguyenVietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh CityDiscussants: Professor Hue-Tam Ho Tai (History, Harvard University) andProfessor Eugene Wang (History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University) Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 - 1:30 pm Yenching Common Room, 2 Divinity AvenueThis talk concentrates on a handscroll painting entitled The Mahasattva Truc Lam Coming Out of the Mountains竹林大士出山圖 dated back to 1363 and attributed to a Chinese artist by the name of Chen Jianru 陳鑑如.“Truc Lam” (Bamboo Grove) is the style name of the Founding Patriarch of the Vietnamese Zen school namedafter it, King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308). After abdicating the throne to his son, Tran Nhan Tong retreatedinto the mountainous region of Vu Lam – Yen Tu to practice Zen Buddhism. In 1304, the Patriarch cameout of the mountains at the request of his son, King Tran Anh Tong (1276-1320), to confer the Bodhisattvacommandments on him and his court. The painting in question describes this historical event.This talk is an attempt to read the inner text (the painting) with the support of outer texts (Chinese andVietnamese referential sources). Due to its artistic features, handscroll paintings embedded with colophonsby literati from different settings should be “read” in a quite specific way that generates multi focal pointsduring the course of reading. Thus, the talk is an interpretation of selected focal points identified in this workof art. By reconstructing the background of the coming-out-of-the-mountains event and the composition ofthe handscroll, it will point out various politico-diplomatic, historical, cultural and religious aspects in Sino-Vietnamese relations during the transitional periods of the two realms under the Chinese Yuan and Ming andthe Vietnamese Tran dynasties. Nam Nguyen is a lecturer and the former Chairperson of the Division of Chinese Studies (Viet- nam National University in Ho Chi Minh City). After earning his MA (RSEA) and PhD (EALC) from Harvard, he served as manager of Academic Programs of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. His research interests focus on comparative literature (dealing mainly with China and Vietnam), and translation studies. He is currently an associate of the HYI.

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