Into the Chinese mind through the Jewish mind

Why are Chinese people so intrigued by Jews and what does this tell us about how Chinese people think?

If you are a Westerner visiting China, whether you are Jewish or not, among the most frequent questions you may be asked by the Chinese are about Jews. 

"Why did Hitler try to eliminate the Jews?"

"Why have the Jews thrived in spite of this?"

Now, let's turn the questions around.

"Why are Chinese people so intrigued by the Jews?"

Would the answer shed light on how the Chinese think and what they value? So, if you are keen on arriving at an enlightened understanding of the Chinese mind in this matter, a lucrative path seems to be through an understanding of their obsession with the Jewish experiences.

Who to better guide us through this path than Professor Xu Xin of Nanjing University of China? Join us for a talk & discussion panel with Professor Xu in between his engagements with NYU and Harvard University.

Guest Speaker: Professor Xu Xin of Nanjing University of China 

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 @ 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Admission: Free


Seats are limited. Please email us at or call us at 212.868.8180 to make a reservation.

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden


About the Speaker:

Xu Xin is China's leading Judaic scholar and a professor at Nanjing University. He has founded an Institute for Jewish and Israel Studies where he created Master and PhD programs on Jewish history and culture in China. He has published numerous articles on Judaic topics; edited the Chinese edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica; authored many books on the subjects of Jewish history and communities in China. He was the first Chinese scholar to introduce modern Hebrew literature to Chinese readers and has translated many books from English to Chinese. Among them is "The Defiant: A True Story of Escape, Survival & Resistance" by Shalom Yoran, a compelling first-hand account of the Jewish resistance to the Nazis during World War II.

For a full biography of Professor Xu Xin, please visit his Wikipedia page