C.T. Hsia: A Legacy Explored – Unveiling the Correspondence and Academic Odyssey


December 29, 2023
8:00 - 9:30 PM EST

Join us in commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of the esteemed Columbia University professor, C.T. Hsia (夏志清), with a special lecture by distinguished scholar Prof. Ji Jin of Suzhou University. This lecture will delve into the life and contributions of Prof. C.T. Hsia, a literary critic whose profound impact on the study of modern Chinese literature resonates to this day.

The focal point of the lecture will be the insightful correspondence between C.T. Hsia and his older brother Tsi-an Hsia (夏济安). Prof. Ji Jin, a leading expert in the study of C.T. Hsia, will examine the academic history, pedigree, and the evolution of Hsia’s thought from his early training in European and American literature to his groundbreaking research in modern Chinese literature. His exploration will encompass Hsia’s doctoral dissertation, providing a comprehensive understanding of his intellectual journey.

Throughout his career, Hsia maintained a steadfast commitment to his unique position in both European and American literature and modern Chinese literature. Prof. Ji Jin will shed light on Hsia’s unwavering dedication to universal aesthetic standards, emphasizing his moral vision, respect for human dignity and freedom, and his embodiment of a humanist’s mind and feelings.

This lecture promises to be a captivating exploration of C.T. Hsia’s unique contributions and profound significance in the study of modern Chinese literature, both domestically and internationally. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into the life and intellectual journey of a literary luminary through the eyes of a scholar dedicated to preserving and understanding his legacy.



China Institute’s cultural programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Ji Jin 季进

Dr. Ji Jin is a professor at the School of Literature, Suzhou University, where he also serves as the Director of the Overseas Sinology (China Literature) Research Center. As the Chief Expert of Major Projects for the National Social Science Fund, his primary research focus is modern and contemporary Chinese literature and its global dissemination.

With a notable body of work, Professor Ji Jin has authored key works such as "Qian Zhongshu and Modern Western Learning" and "An Overview of Modern Chinese Literature Research in the English-speaking World." He is recognized for his comprehensive understanding of literary landscapes.

An influential editor, Professor Ji Jin has led or co-led various projects, including the annotated "Letters of Tsi-an Hsia and C.T. Hsia" in five volumes. His editorial roles extend to translations of Western modern literary criticism and translations of overseas modern Chinese literature studies.


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