WELCOME A.PROF. Jing Wang FROM Colgate University, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures TO BE COMMITTEE MEMBER!

A.Prof. Jing Wang, Colgate University, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, China

Research Area: Comparative culture

Research Experience:

Comparative studies have been my main academic concern. I have published three books. They are:

When “I” Was Born: Women’s Autobiography in Modern China. Madison: University of

Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Jumping through Hoops: Autobiographical Stories by Modern Chinese Women

Writers. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2003.

英诗入门 [How to Read English Poetry], co-edited with Ding Wangdao. Shanghai: Shanghai

Translations Publishing House, 1989. Reprints 1994, 1999.


In the past ten years, after living for nearly thirty years in the US, teaching for nearly twenty years at Colgate University, I have come to the realization that the predominance of Western bias and suppression of Chinese worldview and value system make it very hard for the world to really understand China. To do my bit as a scholar, I started re-educating myself after tenure by studying both Western and Chinese intellectual history, which is why I have not published much since my last book in 2008. I wanted to reinvent my scholarship and my teaching, to help my students better appreciate China in today’s world. Currently I am writing a book with the working title “Middle as Synthesis: Understanding Chinese Worldview.” If I have the honor to serve as one of the keynote speakers for the conference, I would like to present my paper in Chinese. If needed I am happy to use English, that is not a problem at all; but I am sure that there are many Chinese scholars in the audience. I feel that there should be keynote speakers in Chinese as well as English, and it would be my great pleasure to contribute in that capacity.