Xuefei Ma is originally from the Heilongjiang Province, China. She is currently a Ph. D. student majoring in Sociocultural Anthropology of China with a minor in Gender and Women Studies. She received her M.A. in Linguistics from the School of Foreign Languages, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China and her B.A. in English for Science and Technology, from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China. Her major research interest included women’s social identity in modern China. She hopes to become a teacher/scholar in EAS and Sociocultural Anthropology.
Introduces you to traditional Chinese civilization for the purposes of this course defined as: "the totality of a culture's perception of itself and the world it occupies and the ways in which that self-perception is expressed in society, politics, religion, philosophy, and the arts." The content of the course is arranged in thematic units, each unit being placed in the context of a specific historical period. We will examine the religious symbolism of ancient Chinese bronze vessels, Chinese theories of nature based on concepts like Yin and Yang, the great medieval religions of Taoism and Buddhism, and other topics. Over the semester you will learn to think more like the Chinese of centuries past to exercise your imagination, and to explore a world that is different from your own.