PODCAST: Kanzo Uchiyama, Lu Xun, and Sino-Japanese Friendship

Joshua Fogel, Canada Research Chair at York University, Toronto, talks to the Harvard on China podcast about Lu Xun’s close friendship with Kanzo Uchiyama during an unstable period between China and Japan.

Lu Xun (far left) in Kanzo Uchiyama’s Shanghai Bookstore with (from left to right) Huang Xinbo, Cao Bai, Bai Wei, and Chen Yanqiao. This photo was taken by Sha Fei — Lu Xun’s “Official Photographer” — on October 8, 1936, shortly before Lu Xun’s death. The photo is part of the Harvard Yenching Library’s collection of Sha Fei’s photographs, on display at the Fairbank Center.

Sino-Japanese relations are often portrayed as a rivalry hindered by historical grievances. The Harvard on China podcast talks to Joshua Fogel about his recent research on Kanzo Uchiyama — the founder of Shanghai’s Uchiyama Bookstore and close friend of Chinese literary giant Lu Xun — about how this deep friendship fostered a personal connection between China and Japan and provides grounds for further research on Sino-Japanese relations.

Joshua Fogel, Canada Research Chair at York University, Toronto, explores a different side of China’s relationship with Japan. Fogel is the author of many books on Sino-Japanese relations, with his latest book, Japanese for Sinologists, forthcoming from University of California Press.

The “Harvard on China” podcast is hosted by James Evans at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Listen to more podcast interviews and public lectures from the Fairbank Center on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast providers.

Lu Xun and Kanzo Uchiyama in Summer 1933 in Shanghai.