I recently got a graphic novel called Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang. It is a wonderful introduction to the history of the conflict. If I were going to teach a course that included the Boxer Rebellion I would included this book because it is a quick enjoyable read and it covers most of the main issues of the time. It is a fictional account that follows one of the peasant leaders of the rebellion through his hallucinatory experiences of violent righteousness. While there are a number of other important books one should read like, The Origins of the Boxer Uprising and History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth the advantage of Boxers & Saints is that it is so much fun everyone will have read it by the first day of class so we could get right into discussing the interesting details. Check it out!
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Portland July 28-30th
August Retreat Residency Program in Boulder! (5 Days)--it is in the planning stage