Visiting Students

UBC is pleased to welcome the following visiting students:

Lina Jin (Renmin University)

July 2018 –
October 2018

Lina Jin is now an undergraduate student of Minzu university of China. Her major is teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Out of interest, she minors in history and volunteers to be a bilingual guide in the museum of ethnic cultures for more than three years. For now, she takes an interest in Buddhism and is still in the process of exploring her research field.

Zhang Wa (Peking University)

September 2017 –
March 2018

Zhang Wa was a visiting student in the UBC Asian Studies from September 2017 to March 2018 before returning to doctoral studies at Peking University of China. She mainly focuses on the study of Buddhist aesthetics, and the research based on the meaning of lion images especially between Han and Tang period. To date, she joined and assisted with several academic activities, such as Wutai summer program, review of lecture Reflections on “Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Traditions” (Dr. Jimmy Yu, Florida State University ), in the CJBS. She has finished her dissertation on the “Sinicization of Lion Images in Han and Tang Dynasties”《漢唐獅子圖像漢化問題研究》 and expects to further explore comparative studies between East and West. Zhang Wa’s proposed project on mythological images out a comprehensive execution of how she prepares to investigate this subject matter and in turn, contribute and further the dialogue regarding Buddhist aesthetics, and research on Mythology and Comparative Cultural and Religious Studies. She intends to examine what the aesthetics of Buddhism are and how they are used in regard to mythological form, giving a contemporary definition to her subject matter. This investigation brings about questions regarding the role of mythology in Buddhism and religion in general, thus dealing with a very crucial and essential issue of aesthetics and philosophy as well as Cultural and Religious Studies. She is quite interested in the cooperative works as well and has published several translations.

Xinyuan Li (Minzu University of China)

October 2017 –
August 2018

Xinyuan Li was a visiting student in the UBC Asian Studies for one year from October 2017 to November 2018 before returning to doctoral studies at Minzu University of China. She made measurable progress with her dissertation, with the help of substantial Chinese literature documents in UBC’s Asian library. She mainly focuses on the study of Buddhist belief and the research based on Vimalakirti Sutra especially in Wei-Jin period. To date, she has published two books co-authored with accomplished scholars: The Evolution of Various Buddhist Sects in Mount Zhongnan Region (Shannxi People’s Publishing House, Jan. 2015), and The School of Tantra and its Birthplaces (Xidian University Press, Oct. 2016). She has also published several papers, including “The study on the Birthplaces of Various Buddhist Sects”, (Fa Yin, vol. 4, pp. 42-46, 2017), and “The Summarization of the Speeches and Papers Delivered on the Monk Xuan Zang and the Silk Road Symposium”, (Religious Studies).