Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Modern Languages and Literatures
Craig N. Canning
Ever since the execution of the heroic Song Dynasty general Yue Fei by the "archetypical traitor" Qin Hui, the epithet hanjian ("Han traitor" or "traitor to China") has persisted as one of the most damning in the Chinese language. However, there has been no overarching study of the term's development in English-language scholarship. This paper describes the various groups that have been described as hanjian since the nineteenth century and examines the ethnic, political, and national issues that these "traitors to China" reveal.
Hurley, Stephen John, "Shame of a Nation: The Evolution of Hanjian since the Late Qing" (2012). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 504.
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