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Prof. Lupke Wins Grant to Host Chinese Cultural Conference

Story posted February 18, 2000

Christopher Lupke, assistant professor of Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, has received a $25,000 grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange to host a conference titled "Heaven's Will and Life's Lot: Fate and Determinism in Chinese Culture."

The conference, which Lupke is organizing, will be held at the Breckinridge Public Affairs Center in York from May 19-21.

The conference will include 12-15 presenters discussing such diverse topics as early Chinese philosophy and popular culture, through Daoist religious practices, Neo-Confucianism, and late imperial fiction and drama, to modern Chinese literature and philosophy.

Presenters will be coming from all over the United States -- including professors from Harvard University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Hawaii, Cornell University and UCLA -- as well as from Leiden University in the Netherlands and Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

The proceedings will likely be published as part of the Chinese Culture and Thought series at SUNY Press. Lupke’s essay, "Divi/Nation: The Cultural Logic of Ethnicity and Strategies of Representing the Chinese Imagined Community," discusses four contemporary Chinese narratives, two from the People’s Republic of China and two from Taiwan. It suggests that certain cultural traits exist at the deep structure level for Chinese, that "fate" is one of these, and that these underlying cultural resonances tend to mitigate the political differences between mainland China and Taiwan that exist on the surface of society.

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