Saint Louis University

Children at Play in China: The Trifling, the Wicked, and the Sacred

2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week

Friday, April 4
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 253 A

Sponsored By: Department of Theological Studies, Asian Studies Program,
Center for Inter-Cultural Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies Program

Professor Pauline Lee will be speaking on changing views of children and childhood in China--children at play engaged in the trifling, the wicked, and the sacred--from ca. 200-1800 CE through a study of Chinese religious and philosophical classics, the rich but too often neglected tradition of commentaries on these works, as well as paintings and playthings. In her conclusion, she brings into conversation the recent popular book by Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and considers where the stereotyped "Chinese parenting" model might in fact be found--or not--within the rich history of China.

Professor Pauline Lee joined the department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University in 2013 and teaches East Asian and comparative religions. Her recent work includes a book Li Zhi, Confucianism, and the Virtue of Desire (SUNY, 2012).

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