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Professor of Modern Languages Explores Concept ‘Bao’ in Chinese Literature

CANTON — Zhenjun Zhang, assistant professor of modern languages, literature and Asian culture, was published in the September 2013 edition of Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, an academic journal that provides an international forum for research articles in the field of Oriental studies.

Zhang’s article examines at the You ming lu, a collection of tales that demonstrate Buddhist influences as it began to appear in popular Chinese literature.

The article, “From Demonic to Karmic Retribution,” looks at the historical changes that occurred in the development of early mediaeval Chinese culture, including the Buddhist concept of retribution and revenge known as bao.

Zhang is also a five-member team of St. Lawrence faculty who received Crossing Boundaries grant for their project “Paths to Buddha: Studying ‘Buddhism’ from an interdisciplinary perspective.” Crossing Boundaries is a five-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which aims to strengthen the humanities in part through faculty cross-departmental collaborations. For more information, visit St. Lawrence University’s Crossing Boundaries website.