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The World of the Dowager Empress: the Last Mistress of the Forbidden City

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It's 1900. For over thirty years, the powerful widow of an overindulgent emperor has been the true ruler of China. Now foreign pressures are changing everything. What are the Dowager Empress' thoughts as she ponders centuries of Chinese achievement and contemplates the country’s uncertain future? Explore the ROM’s celebrated Chinese galleries and hear the human stories behind the objects on display.

Instructor: George Hewson is a teacher in the Education Department of the Royal Ontario Museum, specializing in east-Asian topics.

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