China: Birth and belonging
Performance Fri 26 Feb, 19.00-21.00. Talks and discussions Sat 27 Feb, 10.30-17.00.
Join us for extraordinary performance
and fascinating discussion. Drinks on Friday night, lunch and
refreshments on Saturday are all included in the ticket
With a population of over 1.3 billion, China
is the most populous country in the world. Chinese ideas of family
and the individual differ dramatically from those we see in the
'Identity' exhibition. In various ancient philosophies, a person's
essence is founded in their interaction with the world. Life does
therefore not begin at conception, but at birth. In traditional
medicine the body is influenced by inheritance, the environment and
also Qi ('breath of life').
How do these ideas influence an individual's
sense of identity and belonging? By casting our thought to another
nation, can we learn anything new about our own?
We have invited Sally Lai, Chief Executive
Officer at the Chinese Arts Centre, to
curate a special performance in Wellcome Collection on the Friday
evening. There will also be an opportunity to see the 'Identity'
exhibition and meet the curators.
On Saturday our experts from the worlds of
contemporary science, ancient Chinese medicine and the humanities
will give you an insight into this complex, fascinating
Tickets must be booked in
£30 full price/£20 concession for both days, including refreshments
Please call 020 7611 2222 to book.
To accompany the 'Identity: Eight rooms: nine lives'
Yuen Fong Ling, Brendan Fan,
Aldersey-Williams, Curator, 'Identity: Eight rooms, nine
Therese Hesketh, Professor of Global Health, UCL
Centre for International Health and Development
Vivienne Lo, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Asian
Studies, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at
Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics
of Modern China, University of Oxford
Jack Price, Professor of Developmental
Neurobiology, King’s College London
Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner, Reader
in Anthropology, University of Sussex
Diana Yeh, Visiting Lecturer, University of East
Murcott, science journalist, author and broadcaster