Venue: Serangoon Public Library (Programme Zone), Level 4R of Nex shopping mall.
Nearest MRT station: Serangoon
Speaker: Mr Yang Qinli
Speaker contact number:[masked]
In this final talk on eunuchs, we will focus on the Ming dynasty. Like the Tang dynasty, we can observe a phenonmenon where the emperor entrust important roles and responsibilities to eunuchs. Contrary to the common image that eunuchs are sick in their mind, cruel, abusive and hungry for political power, eunuchs are not all that evil. During the Ming dynasty, the renowned Zheng He who sailed and explored the seas is a eunuch himself.
It is presented in my findings that the eunuchs served as a counter-balance power to the powerful clans in the ruling house. What other reasons could there be for the rise of eunuch power?
Background information of palace eunuchs
Political structure of the Ming Government
How and why did eunuchs rise to power?
Economic, political and military power of eunuchs.
Some things to note:
1)The library is rather cold. Bring a jacket or thick clothings.
2) Please update your RSVP. Only reply "yes", if you are seriously showing up. Put yourself in the shoe of the speaker. It's quite demoralising for the speaker to see 30 "yes" but only 10 showed up. Also, the library will prepare refreshment accordingly to the expected number of participants. Its not nice to see the food wasted.