Chi-Chiang Huang

Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures

Joined the faculty in 1987

Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.A., National Taiwan
B.A., National Taiwan

Current scholarly interests:
Chinese history and historiography
History of Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan
Buddhist historiography
Comparative religion and culture
Buddhism and literature
History of Chinese medicine
Science and religion

Previous teaching experience:
Chinese language at all levels
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
The Golden Age of Chinese Culture
Buddhism and Taoism through Chinese Literature
Literary and Historical Memory in China
Gods and Ghosts in Chinese Religion (First Year Seminar)
Image of China (First Year Seminar)
Chinese Painting and Poetry (co-taught)
Modern Chinese Art and Literature (co-taught)
Classical Chinese (independent studies)
Classical Chinese poetry (independent studies)
Taoist Tradition in China (independent studies)
Women's Poetry in traditional China (independent studies)
Various other topics in independent studies

Previous research:
Sung Literature Project (Director: Professor Stephen West) University of Arizona
The Ming-Ch'ing Rare Books Project, National Palace Museum, in collaboration with Wei-wen Book Co., Inc. (Project Director: Peter Ch'ang Chief Editor: Wu Che-fu).

Courses Routinely Taught:
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
The Golden Age of Chinese Culture
Buddhism and Taoism through Chinese Literature
Literary and Historical Memory in China
Independent Studies

Recent Publications:
Publications after 2000:
"Chung-yung in Northern Sung Intellectual Discoursethe Buddhist Components," Classics and Interpretation: The Hermeneutic Traditions in Chinese Culture (New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, RutgersThe State University, 2000), pp. 315-337

"Pure Land Hermeneutics in the Song: the Case of Zhanran Yuanzhao (1048-1116)," Journal of Chung-hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies. Vol 13 (May, 2000) pp. 385-429

"Writing A Comprehensive and Untold History of Buddhism: Some Aspects of Tsu-hsiu's Historiography," Historical Thinking in Sung China (forthcoming, Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, Winter 2002)

"Ŭich'ŏn's Pilgrimage and the Rising Prominence of the Korean Monastery in Hang-chou during the Sung and Yüan Periods," in Currents and Countercurrents: Korea's Influences on the East Asian Buddhist Traditions (Hawai'i: University of Hawaii Press, 2005), chapter 8.

"Sectarianism within Pure Land Hermeneutic Traditionon T'ien-t'ai Exegete's Criticism of Yüan-chao's Subcommentary on the Contemplation Sutra," Journal of Chung-hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies. Vol. 14 (September, 2001), pp. 309-352

"Research Methods and the Construction of the Database for the Online Research on the History of Chinese Buddhism" Contemporary Buddhism. Vol. 12 (Taipei: Huafan University, Spring 2002), pp. 63-76

"Religious Rationality and Rationalization of Religion: Buddhist Causation Theory and Its Meaning in Contemporary Chinese Society" in The Intellectual Tradition of Reason, Scholarship, and Morality, (Taipei: the Himalaya Foundations series titled New Meanings of Chinese Civilization in the 21st Century, April 2004), pp. 477-524. This article is published in three different versions: traditional Chinese characters, simplified Chinese characters, and English. The Chinese language versions are being circulated now. The English version is under way.

"Ŭich'ŏn," "Siksananda," and "dharmadhatu," in Robert Buswell et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Buddhism (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003)

"The Sinification of Buddhist Causation Theory," Journal of Chung-hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies. Vol. 16 (July 2003), pp.233-261.

"Yang Chieh as a Lay Buddhist in the Northern Sunga Supplement to Yang Chieh's Biography in the Sung History." Journal of Chinese Studies, Vol. 21, no. 1 (June 2003), pp.253-277.

"Revisiting the Legend of Sengqie, the Great Sage of Sizhou-Lay Buddhists and the Cult of Sengqie during the Song Dynasty," Journal of the Center for Buddhist Studies, No. 9 (June 2004), pp. 177-220.

"Zhao Mengfu: Copier of Sutras and Patron of Buddhism Including a Special Reference to Qiu Ying's Painting, titled "Zhao Mengfu Writing the Heart Sutra in Exchange for Tea," Jiuzhou Xuelin (Chinese Culture Quarterly), 2: 4 (October 2004), pp. 2-65.

"Causality, Pure Land, and Rebirth in the Land of Utmost Bliss: Perspectives on the History of Chinese Buddhism" (Taipei: Taiwan Student Book Inc., May 2004), viii+266 pages.

Professional Affiliations:
Member of the External Review Committee, Institute of Philology and History, Academia Sinica
Reader, Journal of the Center for Buddhist Studies, Taipei, Taiwan
Member, Editorial Board, the Chung-hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Taipei, Taiwan
Honorary Research Fellow, Institute for the Studies of T'ang Culture, Xibei University, Shanxi, PRC
Associate-in-Research, East Asia Program, Cornell University
Association for Asian Studies
T'ang Studies Society (USA)
T'ang Studies Society (ROC)
Sung-Yüan Studies Society

Personal Statement:
Born in a middle-class Chinese family and raised by a very stern father who was a loyal student of Confucianism, I was trained to read classical Chinese when I was a youngster. In high school and college, I developed interests in reading classical literary and historical texts and in writing stories, free verses, and essays. This interest was to determine the future of my life.

After receiving a M.A. degree from the Institute for Research in History at National Taiwan University and a two-year preparation, I came to the United States to pursue my doctorate. I soon delved into scholarly works on Tang and Song histories and found modern Chinese historical writings biased and incomplete.

As I indicated in a recent shi style poem written to celebrate my new book, I wanted to emulate the two great Chinese historians, both of whom were surnamed Sima, but I ended up reading Buddhist "lamp history" most of the time in my life and became a specialist in the history of Song Buddhism. An area that had never received attention by Chinese and Western scholars before I tried to tap it, the history of Song Buddhism has since emerged as a noticeable field of Chinese studies. Many years have passed and the field has grown substantially, but I am still not a historian that I expected to be.

Fortunately, I have been able to teach the two Simas' works at HWS, which always reminded me to widen my horizons, broadening my knowledge. In the past few years, I had opportunities to travel to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan a number of times. I came to realize the many benefits and rewards of "reading ten thousand volumes of books and walking ten thousand miles of roads," which was an ancient Chinese scholars’ adage.

I have since been in full conviction that thinking globally and seeing things in perspectives are what I want my students to learn when they come to my classes.

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