March 18, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik


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Jonathan Goldstein will give the talk, "Between Russia, China and Israel: The Transnational Identity of Harbin's Jews, 1899-2014," on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Jewish Studies and the Religious Studies departments.

Goldstein will discuss the history of Russian Jews who settled in the Chinese city of Harbin in northern Manchuria in 1887 during the building of the Chinese Eastern railway. They were followed by refugees from the Russo-Japanese war of 1905 and later during World War I, the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War.

In 1931, the Japanese army occupied Harbin and the Manchurian territory. During World War II, the Japanese adopted an anti-Semitic policy, causing most of the Jews of Harbin to emigrate to the West.

Goldstein, who holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, has been a research associate of Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies since 1985 and a professor of Asian history at the University of West Georgia since 1981.

His books include Stephen Girard's Trade with China (2011), The Jews of China (two vols., 1999 and 2000), China and Israel (1999; updated Chinese edition 2006; updated Hebrew edition forthcoming 2014), America Views China (1991), Georgia's East Asian Connection (1982, 2nd. ed. 1990), and Philadelphia and the China Trade (1978).