Dr. Jiang Wu Receives Donation to Create Research Lab for Spatial Analysis of Religion

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dr. Jiang Wu recently received a private donation of $50,000 to establish the Su Wukang Research Fund for East Asian Civilization. The funding will be used to build the Research Lab for Spatial Analysis of Religion at the University of Arizona and to support areas of pre-modern East Asian Civilization which Dr. Wu’s research covers. Dr. Wu has been conducting research on the application of spatial analysis techniques to the study world religions since 1999. He joined several research projects funded by various agencies and compiled the dataset of BGIS 1.1 which has been published through China Map Project at Harvard University. http://worldmap.harvard.edu/chinamap/ (BGIS stands for Buddhist Geographical Information System.) Recently, his team has developed the concept of Regional Religious System (RRS) based on the China data. A summary of the findings can be found in a Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_Religious_System
 
The donor, Dr. Su Wukang 苏武康, was born in 1970 and earned his Ph. D degree from Nankai University in 2003. He is a successful businessman and researcher specializing in stock trading and security investment. He published a monograph entitled The Share-holding Structure and Corporation Performance among China’s Publicly Traded Companies  (Zhongguo shangshi gongsi guquan jiegou yu gongsi jixiao 中国上市公司股权结构与公司绩效), which was published in 2003. For now, he is managing an investment company in Shenzhen, China, focusing on security investment in secondary market.
 
Dr. Wu’s father and Dr. Su’s father were classmates from Shanghai Jiaotong University and worked in the same research institute in Luoyang where Dr. Wu and Dr. Su grew up together. They were classmates in the same classes in both the primary school and junior high and remained in the same senior high though in different classes. They both went to Nankai University in Tianjin and completed graduate studies there. Although they chose different career paths and live in different hemispheres, they have kept connected throughout these years.