- Jessey Choo
- Research Interests: cultural history of medieval China
Tao Jiang is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Rutgers. He specializes in pre-Qin 先秦 classical Chinese philosophy, Mahāyāna Buddhist 大乘佛教 philosophy (Madhyamaka 中觀 and Yogācāra 唯識), and cross-cultural philosophy. Jiang's book, Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China: Contestation of Humaneness, Justice, and Personal Freedom, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. He is also the author of Contexts and Dialogue: Yogācāra Buddhism and Modern Psychology on the Subliminal Mind (University of Hawaii Press) and the co-editor of The Reception and Rendition of Freud in China: China’s Freudian Slip (Routledge). His articles have appeared in leading Asian and comparative philosophy journals and several major anthologies.
Jiang is working on several projects, including a monograph on Zhuangzi's political philosophy and another on Chan/Zen Buddhist philosophy. He co-directs Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy and co-chairs the Neo-Confucian Studies Seminar at Columbia University. He serves on the editorial boards of several leading Asian and comparative philosophy journals.
Professor Song’s research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, urban imagination, martial arts narratives, Chinese popular culture, comparative imagology, as well as Sinophone and diaspora studies. He is the author of Mapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, and Literary Topography and the author, in Chinese, of From Entertainment Activity to Utopian Impulse: Rereading Jin Yong’s Martial Arts Fiction and China, Literature, and the United States: Images of China in American and Chinese-American Novel and Drama. His new research projects focus on two book length manuscripts, “Ideology: Chinese Environmental Imaginations” and “Between Martial Arts and Avant-Gardes: Sinophone Cinema and the Chinese Mind.”
Professor Swartz is the author of Reading Tao Yuanming: Shifting Paradigms of Historical Reception (427-1900), which critically examines readings of both Tao and his oeuvre over a fifteen-hundred year span. Reading Tao Yuanming has been translated into Chinese: the Traditional Chinese character edition was published by Linking Press (Taipei) in 2014 and the Simplified Chinese Character edition was published by Zhonghua Book Company (Beijing) in 2016. She is also the principal editor of Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook (Columbia University Press, 2014). The first of its kind, this volume presents a broadly-based selection of important texts from this formative period in the disciplines of literature, historiography, art history, and religion. It was named "Best Reference Title" by Library Journal in March 2015.
She is also the author of Reading Tao Yuanming: Shifting Paradigms of Historical Reception (427-1900) (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008), which critically examines readings of both Tao and his oeuvre over a fifteen-hundred year span. This study shows that the construction of Tao Yuanming as one of China’s greatest cultural icons was a collective and cumulative process, driven by a centuries-long conversation centered on three categories that lay at the heart of literati culture—reclusion, personality, and poetry— a conversation in which varying readings of Tao’s life and works were informed by changing aesthetic and moral concerns and by the development of new hermeneutical tools and critical lexicons.