Walk with an Expert: East Asian Relations in a Nutshell

SHA 115-602
  • Explore East Asian relations in Hongkou district
  • Learn from an expert in Sinology
  • Lunch
Program Overview
Country: China
Depart: 11/29/2017 1300
Return: 11/29/2017 1630
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 14 / Max 16
Category: ILLUMINATE: History / Culture
Program Fee
$77 (early booking: $73)

Field Class Conflicts
  • HDFS 101 Individual & Family Development

Travel to the northern Shanghai district of Hongkou, which features a variety of traditional Shanghai architecture matching those famous lilong-structures (alleyways) of the French Concession. This walking program will explore interesting features of East Asian relations, culture and literature, and key issues for our global future.

Did you know that modern Chinese thinking emerged from Hongkou? Revolutionary intellectuals like Lu Xun, Mao Dun, Qu Qiubai or Guo Moruo lived here in hiding for some years to excape government persecution. Famous writer Lu Xun spent his last three years in a lane house at former Scott Road, nowadays Shanyin Road. Hongkou Park, today known as Lu Xun Park, is one of the most vivid hang-outs for the city’s aging population and is furthermore a special place to understand the complicated relationship between East Asia’s greatest powers: China and Japan. Even Korea left its mark behind in this park! The origin of Chinese modern drama and film can also be traced here in the back lanes of Duolun Lu. Where ever one looks, this old district is loaded with the cultural history of East Asian relations.


Dr. Marcus Hernig studied Sinology and German Philology, in Bochum and Nanjing. A resident of China for an extensive period, he lived for many years in the district of Hongkou in Shanghai, home to Chinese writers, intellectuals and artists. The cross-cultural encounter of Chinese and Western ideas and lifestyles – so visible in Shanghai – is one of his key interests and writing topics. From 2007 to 2011, he was a Professor at Zhejiang University where he taught Intercultural Studies before taking a position as Director of the Goethe Institute in Kyoto from 2011 to 2014. Marcus is currently engaged in German Studies at the University of Science and Technology Shanghai and is also a Senior Consultant in cross-cultural projects focusing on cultural foundations of economical behavior for sinogermantrade.com.

Meals Included