Lixia Dong is originally from Zhejiang, China. She is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in East Asia Buddhism. She received her M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Hong Kong University in Hong Kong and her B.A. in Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. Her current research interests are Chan Buddhism, Tea Ceremony, and Ritual.
This course introduces students to East Asia in pre-modern times -- its histories, cultures, literature, languages and scripts, and philosophies. While focusing primarily on China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula, this course helps students understand what has been historically shared among these East Asian societies, and yet how East Asia has always been diverse and heterogeneous. In so doing, it also aims to engage students in debunking popular myths about East Asia -- particularly pre-modern East Asia -- as an exotic and homogeneous place, and understanding today's East Asia in its historical context.