The UVA East Asia Center is holding a reception to celebrate new books from the Center's faculty, including two from IATH Fellows Dorothy Wong and Anne Kinney. “What Did I Do Last Sumer” will be on Friday, September 12 at 3:15 pm in Monroe 130, followed by a reception at Pavilion I Garden from 4:30-6 pm (rain date location is Monroe 130).
Dorothy Wong's book, China and Beyond in the Mediaeval Period: Cultural Crossings and Inter-Regional Connections, is an edited anthology of essays discussing cross-cultural exchanges between China and its neighbors over a thousand year period. She created Silk Road: The Path of Transmission of Avalokiteśvaravara and the Digital Avalokiteśvaravara Project, both of which center on the Buddhist Bodhisattva of Compassion, who became one of the most popular deities in all of Asia.
Anne Kinney's Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang is a translation of the Lienü zhuan (Categorized Biographies of Women). These biographies were written during the Han Dynasty (202 BCE-9 CE) by Liu Xiang (79-8 BCE) for the education of women. The stories provide a wide-ranging and sometimes contradictory education in proper moral, social, and domestic behavior. She also created Traditions of Exemplary Women: Liu Xiang's Lienü Zhuan, which provides a bilingual resource for studying women in early China.
The East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and student interest in East and Southeast Asia and is an interdisciplinary organization of faculty. It is one of the component units of the Asia Institute and encourages and coordinates Asia-related activities.