China’s Revolution in Politics, Literature, Feminism

Celebrating the Centenary of the May Fourth Movement, 1919-2019


Wednesday May 1, 2019, 4 pm

Hamilton Library Room 401

Light refreshments will be served

China bibliographer Ni Dongyun and Department of History Chair Shana Brown have curated an exhibit in relation to the May Fourth, 1919 movement in China, currently on display in the Hamilton Library Asia Collection (fourth floor). Join them for their opening talk on May 1 at 4pm.

A drawing of protesters in the streets yelling and holding banners with writing in Chinese characters.

About the exhibit: The Qing Dynasty was overthrown in 1911. The end of the imperial era led to a dynamic but also politically, socially, and culturally unstable era. China’s intellectuals and public leaders argued that China’s failure to modernize more successfully was caused by both external and internal factors. Hence the call to create a “new culture” that could kick-start China’s overall development.

This movement was further galvanized by large public protests on May 4, 1919 which were held in response to the unfavorable terms of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. The May Fourth Movement (or New Culture Movement) which began in 1919 grew to encompass a variety of rallying cries, among them education, the embrace of science and social progress, popular literacy, socialism, feminism, and democracy.

Presented by

Library Asia Collection & UH Department of History

Sponsored by

Center for Chinese Studies

Confucius Institute at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa