Scholar to discuss early U.S.-China trade

History buffs and educators alike are invited to attend a lecture on the connections between the United States and China in early America. Caroline Frank from Brown University will discuss “Rebellion, Sovereignty, and an East Indies Trade for the United States of America” on July 14 at 7 pm in Smith College’s Neilson Browsing Room.

Free and open to the public, this talk is the keynote address for an educator institute, Ties That Bind: Connecting New England and East Asia, hosted by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies July 14-18 at Smith.

Frank is visiting assistant professor of American Studies at Brown University. The author of Objectifying China, Imagining America: Chinese Commodities in Early America, she will reexamine the American Revolution and the early U.S.-China trade, exploring why the importation of Chinese tea provoked such a radical response from the Boston Tea Party and colonists in the early days of the American colonies.

The institute will also feature lectures by scholars covering topics such as East Asian trade, key historical events and culture, and their influence on and in the United States, particularly New England. Participants will visit local museums and enjoy a session led by master teachers on curriculum implementation strategies for middle and high schools.

Established in the 1970s, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies is committed to promoting East Asian Studies throughout the Five College consortium. For more information about the institute, visit or contact Melinda Buckwalter, FCCEAS program assistant, at