Yellow River: China's Sorrow, Glory and Disappearing Resource

Asia Society Seminar on Thursday, March 25, 7:00-8:30 pm
At the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC

The Yellow River has a complex place in history. It has been a fertile domain for human development over many centuries yet its catastrophic flooding has posed a great challenge for Chinese administrations, all of which have made it a priority to "harness the river." On the occasion of the Sackler Gallery of Art exhibition, Return of the Buddha, this panel discussion will look at the historical and contemporary issues facing this region. Judith Shapiro, China specialist and Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program, American University, will discuss the symbolic significance of the Yellow River for the Chinese including the Chinese relationship with nature in Buddhist, Daoist, Confucian and Maoist traditions. Ximing Cai, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will explain integrated basin management, including soil erosion control, flooding control and water supply. Jennifer Turner, Senior Project Associate for the China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will talk about water disputes on the Yellow River and political and legal obstacles to solving them.

Co-hosted with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art.

No charge. Reservations not required. Metro: Smithsonian (1 block). Parking: Street parking as available.