"For me, going to Europe to give a presentation was important so I could communicate with the many scholars assembled there," Chan said. "It was a good opportunity to see what other people around the world are doing and to enhance communication between scholars and students in North America and those living in other parts of the world.
"After I returned, I was able to tell my students that the works and topics they are studying at Wittenberg are being discussed elsewhere. These opportunities keep me current, and thus I am able to keep my students current."
Scholars and doctoral students from six European countries (Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia) attended the conference in Vienna. In addition, Choy made a presentation on "root-seeking literature" to professors and graduate students at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, on Nov. 21, and both professors made presentations at an international meeting of the Association for Asian Studies attended by more than 3,000 participants last March in Boston.
Choy, who has a master's degree in East Asian languages and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in comparative literature and humanities from the University of Colorado, joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2007. His research interests are Chinese culture and literature, with his most recent project being a comparative study of political jokes across mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States.
Choy is currently editing a book of Liu Zaifu's selected essays, he is the author of the forthcoming book Remapping the Past: Fictions of History in Deng's China, 1979-97, and he is the assistant author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism (2005). He has also published a number of articles and translations in major scholarly journals.
Chan, who has a master's degree in East Asian languages and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph. D. in comparative literature and humanities from the University of Colorado-Boulder, joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2004. She specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture and language pedagogy.
Chan has carried out research on Tang poetry and popular literature of the Ming Dynasty, and she has studied and written about gender issues from a cross-cultural perspective. She wrote a dissertation on the fiction of Mo Yan, one of the most prominent contemporary writers in Mainland China, and she is the editor of a volume of his selected stories for a Hong Kong publisher. In addition, her articles and translations have appeared in several academic journals.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
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