English: Ito Jakuchu's 'White Phoenix on Old Pine from the Colourful Realm of Living Beings' (Edo Period).Triangular hollow tomb tile with painted dragon and armed warrior design. From the Chinese Western Han Dynasty, dated to the 1st century BC. Found in Luoyang, Henan Province, China. Made of gray earthenware with red, white, green, and blue polychrome. Now featured in the Royal Ontario Museum.Two gentlemen engrossed in conversation while two others look on, a Chinese painting on a ceramic tile from a tomb near Luoyang, Henan province, dated to the Eastern Han Dynasty (25220 AD)Three Girls, by Amrita Sher-Gil, 1935.Ancient Indian art in the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia

Recent Events

Trauma, recovery and difficult histories in Southeast Asia
13–14 June 2016
Tim Harper and Iza Hussin organised a workshop on Trauma, recovery and difficult histories in Southeast Asia in connection with the project on The Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia, 1914--2014. It focused on cities, memory and difficult histories in times of crisis, broadly construed: epidemic, conflict, natural disaster, and so on and brought together a network of scholars with diverse interests and expertise with a view to ongoing collaboration. The workshop took place in Magdalene College, Cambridge and participants included Marieke Bloembergen (Leiden), Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/Berlin), Tomas Larsson (Cambridge), Rachel Leow (Cambridge), Sumit Mandal (Malaysia), Pietro Masina (Naples/Clare Hall), Paulo Seixas (Lisbon), Silvia Vignato (Milan) and Kirsty Walker (Harvard).
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Histories of Health in Southeast Asia
29 October 2014
Harvard University

Sunil Amrith (Birkbeck, University of London), Tim Harper (University of Cambridge), Rachel Leow (University of Cambridge) and Kirsty Walker (Harvard)
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100 Years of Health in Asia: China, Southeast Asia, India
A workshop took place at Harvard on 29 October 2014 and was organized by the Joint Center for History and Economics and the China Medical Board.


Beijing, China: CMB 100th Celebration
19-22 September 2014
The culminating celebratory event of CMB's 100th anniversary took place in Beijing on 19-22 September 2014. Over 250 participants joined from more than 10 countries. The celebratory event was conducted as a series of collaborative exercises between CMB trustees and the Chinese government, Peking Union Medical College, Peking University Health Sciences Center, and partner universities throughout China and neighbouring Asian countries.


Bangkok, Thailand: CMB 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
27 January 2014
This was the first of four major celebratory events. Around 160 distinguished colleagues attended the CMB's 100th Anniversary celebration dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok on 27 January 2014.


Autumn 2014
Publication of forum; selected participants from the Southeast Asia project joined the larger China Medical Board conference in China, allowing for cross-fertilization between the two parallel projects.


January 2014
Launch, with presentation of the papers to international participants.


Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia
30 June - 1 July 2012
A two-day workshop, organised in connection with the Southeast Asia project and hosted by the Indonesian partners at Universitas Gadjah Mada, took place in Yogyakarta. The meeting brought together the authors commissioned to contribute towards the volume to come out of the project. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the outline papers and features for the volume and to plan the 2013 summer school.
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100th anniversary of the China Medical Board in 2014
15-16 November 2011
A planning meeting in connection with the 100th anniversary programme was held in Harvard. The meeting was preceded by Professor Mary Brown Bullock's presentation (The Oil Prince's Legacy: Rockefeller Philanthropy in China) in the new seminar series being conducted in connection with the programme. The planning meeting that followed dealt with a range of organisational issues, including web presentation and publication in relation to the programme.
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The transnational history of health in Southeast and South Asia, 1914-2014
14 May 2011
The initial planning meeting for a new programme in connection with the 100th anniversary of the China Medical Board took place in Magdalene College on Saturday 14 May 2011. The aim was to identify the core intellectual issues to be addressed in an eventual anniversary programme, to ensure substantive cooperation between the China and South East Asia/South Asia programmes, to involve participants from institutions in the region in the planning process, and to discuss papers to be commissioned for a first major conference, to be held in South East Asia in 2012.
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