Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) was an Italian Jesuit priest who missionized in China during late 16th to early 17th century. Matteo Ricci was the first Jesuit to be received by the emperor, his various publications on literature, music, science and theology also laid the foundation of future missionaries. As a reflection on the importance of Jesuits’ contribution in the cultural encounter between China and the Europe, this talk discusses the challenges and the cultural accommodations of the Jesuits in Ming China.

Wong Tsz (王子) is a musician, musicologist, historian, and linguist; he is a member of the Graduate School of Humanities Göttingen (GSGG) and associate of Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CEMEAS) Göttingen. He writes about historical linguistics, translations, cultural studies, music and visual media. His PhD research “Matteo Ricci’s Xiqin Quyi – A Jesuit’s Expert Musicking in Ming China” reconstructs Ricci’s compositions, and examines the Jesuit’s use of musical knowledge in Chinese (Guanhua) learning.