Society for Ming Studies, Open Meeting, March 27, 2009, Sheraton Chicago
President Jiang convened the meeting at 7:10.
All attendees introduced themselves expeditiously by name and institution and very brief topic or time period. Attendees included time-travellers from the Republican period, one of whom attributed her presence to the excellent reputation of the Ming meeting.
Journal Managing Editor Farmer reported on the move of Ming Studies to the Maney corporation, who will manage subscriptions after this year.Maney will make all issues available on line with no delay. Treasurer Farmer noted that he has no idea how much money the Society does or does not have. Research Series Editor Farmer mentioned new publications in the Research series (Nimick and Long Live the Emperor!) and circulated an attractive flyer for convenient purchase while supplies last.
Journal Editor Hammond expressed his gratitude to Farmer for his long years of running the journal subscriptions, production, etc. President Jiang assured Hammond that more displays of gratitude would be forthcoming.
Past-Past President Schneewind announced plans to post translations of Mingshi on the web if a small grant from CIAC were forthcoming and attendees responded positively.
Board Member Higgins announced that pieces of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Yale University, the Tower of London and other sights can be seen embedded in the wall of the Chicago Tribune building.
Lucille Chia was nominated and unanimously elected President-Elect by acclamation.
Schneewind and Michael Szonyi were elected Board Members, the latter in absentia. Past-Past-Past President Heijdra explained that a student representative would be appointed according to the regulations.
A double panel was then presented.Lynn Struve, Ann Waltner, and Sue Naquin spoke on Jonathan Spence’s Return to Dragon Mountain, and Michael Tsin, Harriet Zurndorfer, and Tim Brook spoke on Brook’s Vermeer’s Hat. Discussion followed.