Dr. Joshua Fan will present Tom Lea’s personal experience in China as an artist after Thrive Martial Arts gives a demonstration.
Dr. Joshua Fan is the first UTEP faculty member to receive the Tom Lea Fellowship. Dr. Fan specializes in 20th century China with the UTEP History Department and will present history intertwined with Tom Lea’s personal experience in China as an artist correspondent between 1941 and 1945. In the early 1900s, Tom’s cousin, Homer Lea, was a military strategist for the Chinese Nationalist Army, whose name and influence opened doors for Tom when he arrived during a time of conflict and turmoil in 1943. Below the surface, another war was brewing between the Nationalists and Communists that would change the course of history. An original Tom Lea painting, Dream of a Fair River: Yang-Tze, will be on display, and Thrive Martial Arts will demonstrate their ancient skills.
Light bites and beverages will follow.