Columbia Global Centers | Beijing hosted a Book Launch to celebrate the publication of the first annotated edition of Natural Justice (Tianyi) and Equity (Heng bao), two of the most influential journals from the late Qing. The newly annotated edition of Natural Justice and Equity (2016) is the fruit of many years’ collaboration between Professor Wan Shiguo and Professor Lydia H. Liu of Columbia University.
Following the book launch, there was a colloquium entitled “Natural Justice and Equity: Chinese Thought in the Early 20th Century”. Researchers from Columbia University, as well as eminent scholars from Chinese academic institutions, including the Institute of Modern History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the School of History and the Institute of Qing History at Renmin University of China as well as the School of Literature at Capital Normal University, contributed to an in-depth discussion of how the first wave of socialist and communist ideas arrived in China. They focused, in particular, on Natural Justice, the first Chinese feminist journal edited by He-Yin Zhen (alias, He Zhen) and created by the Society for the Restoration of Women’s Rights in Tokyo in 1907. Their exploration focused on the influence of Natural Justice as well as its relevance to contemporary China.