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Xi Jinping And Confucianism: Legitimacy And A National Moral Identity, Makenna Zoglmann Jan 2019

Xi Jinping And Confucianism: Legitimacy And A National Moral Identity, Makenna Zoglmann

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Decades after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) demonized Confucianism as a backwards philosophy, Confucianism has once again become popular in Chinese political culture and society. This paper investigates how the president of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, is using Confucian rhetoric to legitimize himself and the CCP. The paper explores the Chinese people's search for a national moral identity, the resurgence of Confucianism, and finally examines the speech Xi gave on the 40th Anniversary of the Reforms and Opening-up.


International Social Support And Intervention: The Uyghur Movement -Xinjiang Province, China, Isabella Steinhauer Jan 2017

International Social Support And Intervention: The Uyghur Movement -Xinjiang Province, China, Isabella Steinhauer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), locally and historically recognized as East Turkestan, in northwestern China has been experiencing rising ethnic tension between the ethnically Turkic-Muslim Uyghur population and the Chinese majority population, the Han. Due to China's means to fully integrate the region and silence opposition, the Uyghurs have been severely harmed by China's accelerated repressive policies, human rights violations, rapid infrastructure development, and incentivized Han migration. Just south of Xinjiang in Tibet, the Tibetan population has been experiencing similar circumstances of oppression inflicted by the Chinese state and have been able to obtain international social support ...


Chu Guangxi, A Belated Silver Poet Of The High Tang, Dominic John Toscano Jan 2016

Chu Guangxi, A Belated Silver Poet Of The High Tang, Dominic John Toscano

Asian Languages & Civilizations Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The Tang dynasty official Chu Guangxi was a well-regarded poet with a place in the literary circle of the eighth century, that most famous era of poetic production known as the High Tang, and yet he was not canonized by posterity in the way that many of his contemporaries were. Perhaps as a direct result of this, there exists no modern critical edition of Chu’s poetry, and very little has been written about him in Western languages. Thus, I offer here an introduction to the life and poetry of Chu Guangxi, a High Tang poet possessing something of a ...


The Religious Imperative Of Confucianism, Samuel Davies Jan 2015

The Religious Imperative Of Confucianism, Samuel Davies

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Confucianism prescribes for society an immensely rich, sophisticated, and utilitarian modality of social relationship. Not only has this served as China's social and political bedrock, but it has actually evolved from, and thus suggests, the deep religious dimensionality of Confucian thought. I aim to, through the medium of Confucianism, unveil the social entity of this religious dimension as an intuitive depth and unifying reciprocity which has since the dawn of civilization been preserved and expressed as the most quintessential aspect of human life.

With an exploratory dive into the farthest metaphysics that underlie the foundational Confucian society, the true ...


China’S Youth: Stories Of Modern Chinese Young Adults, Hannah Becker-Uncapher Jan 2015

China’S Youth: Stories Of Modern Chinese Young Adults, Hannah Becker-Uncapher

Undergraduate Honors Theses

I arrived in Beijing on June 30th 2014 to complete the groundwork for this book, a creative nonfiction account of youth culture in modern China. A few years earlier, I had lived in China for nine months, arriving a month after my sixteenth birthday. Now back again at twenty years old, I traveled down the east coast, ventured west into Sichuan, and finally looped back to Beijing, interviewing young Chinese adults in the cities where I stopped. I recorded the interviewees’ complete life stories and went on to analyze the major elements of these stories in order to discover how ...


Bai Xianyong In Translation: Wandering Through A Garden, Waking From A Dream, Morgan Brown Jan 2015

Bai Xianyong In Translation: Wandering Through A Garden, Waking From A Dream, Morgan Brown

Undergraduate Honors Theses

An original translation of Bai Xianyong’s “Wandering Through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” along with an introduction to the author as well as a note on translation. “Wandering through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” describes a gathering of former Kun Opera singers ten years after the nationalist army’s retreat to Taiwan. The story depicts the alienation of mainlanders exiled to Taiwan through the psychology of Madam Qian, a former Kun Opera star, as she struggles to reconcile her past in Nanjing with her present in Taiwan. Amid the merriment of the night, “Wandering through a Garden ...


Psychoanalyzed Vacillation Between And Entanglement Of The Old And The New In 1930s Shanghai: The Sinicization Of Freudian Psychoanalysis In Two Short Stories By Shi Zhecun, Wei-Yi Lee Jul 2014

Psychoanalyzed Vacillation Between And Entanglement Of The Old And The New In 1930s Shanghai: The Sinicization Of Freudian Psychoanalysis In Two Short Stories By Shi Zhecun, Wei-Yi Lee

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Shi Zhecun 施蟄存 (1905-2003), an avant-garde modernist writer in 1930s Shanghai, claimed that his works “were influenced [by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)], while breaking away from the influence. ” That is to say, Freudian psychoanalysis was Sinicized (i.e. became influenced by Chinese thought or culture) in Shi Zhecun’s fiction writing. The discomposure caused by the vacillation between, and the entwinement of Chinese heritage and Western civilization was characteristic of the Chinese psyche in the 1930s, particularly in Shanghai, the most Westernized city. This thesis contributes to delving into the struggle between and the entanglement of Chinese tradition and Western influence ...


Uneven Housing Development And The Spatial Negotiation Of Class In Nanjing, China, Sarah Elizabeth Tynen Jun 2014

Uneven Housing Development And The Spatial Negotiation Of Class In Nanjing, China, Sarah Elizabeth Tynen

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The discourses of free-market economic reform policies in China have encouraged the decentralization of state power and devolution of fiscal responsibility to local governments. The restructuring of local state control under the mounting pressures of economic globalization provides a broader political-economic context for the changing built and social environments of the Chinese city. When the central government permitted city officials to lease state-owned land to private real estate developers in 1998, the resulting acceleration of housing redevelopment in a rapidly urbanizing China dramatically transformed complex socio-spatial divisions between various groups in the city of Nanjing. I examine urban citizenship, modernity ...


Field Work: Constructing A New Emergency Management Organizational Field In China In The Post-Sars Era, Wee Kiat Lim Jan 2014

Field Work: Constructing A New Emergency Management Organizational Field In China In The Post-Sars Era, Wee Kiat Lim

Sociology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

My dissertation traces the genesis and growth of the Chinese emergency management organizational field over the ten-year period since the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak. I conducted my fieldwork in Beijing in 2012, using a multi-method approach that involved interviews, participant observation, and analysis of archival materials.

I found that governing elites and academic experts within the emerging field--what I call the "establishment"--relied upon insider cultural knowledge (e.g., myths) and party-state ideologies (e.g., communist folklore) to legitimize a new risk governance framework and create an emergency management policy domain separate from existing domains. The emergency ...


The Chaotic Epoch: Southwestern Chinese Warlords And Modernity, 1910-1938, Edward Avery Black Iii Jan 2014

The Chaotic Epoch: Southwestern Chinese Warlords And Modernity, 1910-1938, Edward Avery Black Iii

History Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Although southwestern China was chaotic politically and economically in the warlord era (1910-1938), Sichuanese warlords became primary actors in many municipal modernization projects. This thesis argues that Sichuanese warlords' engagement with new Republican values and modernity manifested itself in many modernization projects and promoted a new idea of the government's role in society and in the creation of public spaces. By redefining warlordism outside of a national narrative, this thesis reframes Sichuanese warlords not as "stagnators" of national progress or simply a residual effect of the collapse of the Qing dynasty, but at times as creators, promoters, and sometimes ...


On The Role Of Religion In Tang Tales: An Introduction To Zhang Du’S Xuanshi Zhi, Fletcher Coleman Jan 2013

On The Role Of Religion In Tang Tales: An Introduction To Zhang Du’S Xuanshi Zhi, Fletcher Coleman

Asian Languages & Civilizations Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Despite containing some of the most fascinating tales within the anomaly account genre, scholarship on the Xuanshi zhi remains very limited. Attributed to the Tang dynasty official Zhang Du, the work has survived in several editions for a total of 205 stories that address a wide variety of issues. However, only a handful of the longest and most influential tales have been subjected to critical examination and virtually no studies of the entire collection exist. The goal of this thesis is to address the background and textual transmission of the work while also analyzing the major theme of religion within ...


Life As Dust: A Literary Survey Of Mount Beimang, Yiyi Luo Jan 2011

Life As Dust: A Literary Survey Of Mount Beimang, Yiyi Luo

Asian Languages & Civilizations Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Mount Beimang was located to the northeast of the historical Luoyang. Ascending high on this mountain, one could enjoy a panoramic view of the capital city. The beautiful view of Beimang and its advantageous location just outside the capital city walls made it an ideal graveyard for the well-to-do and contributed to its role as a special poetic image in classical poetry. The purpose of this paper is to study this image and seek related aspects of it in poems from early medieval and medieval China. I shall first study poems composed in the pre-Tang period. Despite their paucity, these ...