On the Spot: Jessey J.C. Choo

‘History is an illusion, as with everything that changes.’

Wu Zetian
Vairocana Buddha at the Fengxian Temple, Longmen Grottoes, completed during the Tang dynasty rule. Wiki Commons/Zhangzhugang. Work on this temple was intensified under Emperor Gaozong and Wu Zetian.

Why are you a historian of medieval China?

Because becoming a historian of ancient Japan was not an option. 

What’s the most important lesson history has taught you?

That history is an illusion, as with everything that changes.

Which history book has had the greatest influence on you?

It depends on the topic I am working on.

What book in your field should everyone read?


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