Ming dynasty- The age of eunuch rule

Venue: Serangoon Public Library (Programme Zone), Level 4R of Nex shopping mall.

Nearest MRT station: Serangoon

Language: English

Speaker: Mr Yang Qinli

Speaker contact number:[masked]

Overview:

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?

Contents:

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.

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  • David L.

    Thank you Qinli for your good presentation of the history talk yesterday. It was very interesting to know so much details about eunuchs. I am looking forward to the session on Three Kingdom period on 19 Oct 2013. It is good to talk to friends like wen qiang, zhi shen, clay, JF, Elizabeth, U-Li & Thomas. I hope to see all of you again.

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • David L.

      Hi Elizabeth, you & miu ling going to dec 14 history talk?

      1 · October 20, 2013

    • Elisabeth W.

      Yepz.

      1 · October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Qinli, thank you for the informative talk. Tho I changed the RSVP to no due to company event, was still able to attend the talk but as a +1 with Sunny. Just wondering if you can share which is the source whereby you got the part that Zhu YuanZhang appointed eunuchs as military commands. I have not come across any so I am really curious as this is a new and interesting angle to explore.

    August 25, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      "T'ai-tsu did not, however, consistently observe all his own prohibitions. Eunuchs were given military commands and employed as spies among the officials, some being placed in the homes of officials" This is from the journal article i referred. You may go to nlb e-resources. Locate JSTOR and download it.

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      Eunuch Power in the Ming Dynasty
      Author(s): Robert B. Crawford
      Source: T'oung Pao, Second Series, Vol. 49, Livr. 3 (1961), pp. [masked]
      Published by: BRILL
      Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/...­ .

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Tong WeiQiang, A.

    Super!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • JF K.

    Awesome bit of research right there!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Eric N.

    The Meetup was great. I learned a lot from Mr Yang's talk. What was fascinating was that during the tea break, ST and Mr Yang told me that Admiral Zhenghe visited Temasek (Ancient Singapore) on his voyages. Now that's mind boggling. To think that Singapore history did not just start with Stamford Raffles!

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Clay B.

      Zheng He is so interesting. I saw a documentary that showed him worshiped as a god in Indonesia.

      2 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i really like it, the whole environment is good, Qinli is a very experienced.
    i enjoy the talk and sharing knowledge session.
    even in the talk itself, we can all discuss and Qinli can discuss with us with open mided :)
    i cant stay for the whole meetup as i got an urgent call from my family and forced to leave :/
    definitely will go for the next meet up :)
    and thanks again QinLi

    4 · August 24, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      Thanks. Look forward to seeing u the nxt session

      August 25, 2013

  • Clay B.

    Enjoyed it very much. The discussion session mid-way was enjoyable as well. Nice people, very knowledgeable and passionate. So refreshing. Thank you for organizing, Yang Laoshi!

    3 · August 24, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      Glad that u like it. Thanks!

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is there a dress code to attend this?

    August 24, 2013

    • Yang Q.

      This is not a formal conference. No need for formal dress code. As u can see from previous photos taken.

      August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Qinli

      August 24, 2013

  • Rachael

    hi

    August 23, 2013

  • Clay B.

    Finally committing to attend first session after lurking for a year! I teach history of China and know there's always more to learn!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Forgot that I will be oversea on this day. .

    August 14, 2013

  • Jason T.

    Oversea

    August 11, 2013

  • David L.

    Who are here now?

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Cool topic

    June 29, 2013

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