Alan Macfarlane: How to understand China and the Chinese

It is increasingly important that China and the West understand each other. China is the oldest and largest continuous civilisation in history and is affecting all our lives. It is simple in its structure, yet very difficult for westerners to understand – because almost every principle upon which it is based is very different to anything in western experience. Professor Macfarlane will shed light on its inner logic.

Professor Alan Macfarlane FBA, Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science, University of Cambridge (Life Fellow of King’s College), is ‘Keeper’ of the Xu Zhimo memorial stone and garden by the Bridge at King’s College, and author of Understanding the Chinese: A Personal A-Z (2020).

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24 Feb 2021


2:15 pm


Wednesday Lecture - online