Venue：No. 2 Exhibition Hall
In the study of any culture, a universal conundrum is how to avoid interpreting that culture's history through a narrative of Self and Other, It is hard enough to be objective in telling the history of any one nation, not to speak of that of the whole world. There is hardly a world history not narrated from the perspective of the political interest group the author belongs to. For the same reason, people who are told of their own history tend to believe that the history and culture of other nations must be very different from theirs. In this sense,
In China’s history of foreign relations, Shanghai has been playing a role that cannot be overlooked. An archaeological discovery in Qinglong Town, Qingpu District has confirmed that the area was once an important trading port during the Tang and Song dynasties. In modern times, Shanghai has consistently been a window for external exchange. Today, it is an economic and cultural metropolis active on the international stage. As a cultural representative of the city, the Shanghai Museum is honored to welcome this exhibition. I would like to express my thanks to the British Museum for loaning the objects, the UK government for funding the project, and all the staff who have worked hard to bring the exhibition to Shanghai.