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Image from the archives of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis
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Wilson Hall, Room 214

Roundtable Discussion: China at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

In conjunction with the exhibit Gateway to the East: China at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, join us for a lively roundtable discussion focused on how the Qing government and its American counterpart navigated through the forces of colonialism, imperialism, diplomacy, and globalization at the turn of the 20th century. Moderated by Christopher Gordon of the Missouri Historical Society.


  • Susan Brownell, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Zhao Ma, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ke Ren, College of Holy Cross
  • Chenguang Zhu, Boston University

Free and open to all, registration is required. 

(Note to attendees: This program takes place immediately following the morning curator chat in Olin Library. No charge for parking on Saturdays in campus yellow zoned lots and garages.)

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Four men of Chinese descent in traditional clothing standing for a photograph amidst a crowd of white men in dour suits and women in high-necked lace dresses with elaborate hats at the 1904 World's Fair.

Gateway to the East: China at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, opened its doors to the public on April 30, 1904. By the time it concluded in December, millions of people had visited the fair. The nearly seven-month-long spectacle showcased a plethora of magnificent buildings, remarkable displays, scientific marvels, and exhibitions of cultures and

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