RCCS China Lunch Forum
Facilitated by Dr. Louisa Schein (Anthropology, Rutgers), with special guest Dr. Travis Kong (Sociology, University of Hong Kong)
How to distinguish gender from sex in Chinese? How to grasp that across the Chinese world, gay is frequently glossed as tongzhi, the historical Maoist term for comrade? Translations from English may pose challenges, but vocabularies for gender and sexuality abound in Chinese and are lenses onto Chinese social life.
Come join members of the Chinese-English Keywords Project (CEKP), along with distinguished guest Dr. Travis Kong of Hong Kong University and expert in Chinese homosexuality and masculinity, in a lively discussion of what Chinese words can tell us about dynamics of gender and sexuality in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Basic knowledge of Chinese will be helpful for participation.
The CEKP is a global and growing network of scholars interested in conceptual gaps that emerge when key terms migrate between English and Chinese. Representing fields such as anthropology, sociology, literature, politics, geography, and media studies, participants are based in China, the U.S., Europe, Australia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
The New Jersey Team:
Louisa Schein, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers
Junjie Chen, Independent Scholar
Lina Qu, PhD Student, Comparative Literature, Rutgers
Coco Xu, PhD Student, Comparative Literature, Rutgers
Lissa Crane, PhD Student, Anthropology, Rutgers
Ying-Chao Kao, PhD Student, Sociology, Rutgers
Nan Hu, PhD Student, Anthropology, Rutgers
Yiqing Fan, Anthropology Major, Aresty Research Assistant, Rutgers
Ziqing Yang, Linguistics Major, Aresty Research Assistant, Rutgers
For more information on the CEKP, please contact Dr. Schein at