About the author: Juwen Zhang received his PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and teaches as Luce Junior Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at Williamette University. His research interests include ritual symbolism, material culture, popular culture, ethnicity, identity, sociolinguistics, and Chinese and overseas Chinese folklore.
2017 1-4955-0577-4 Exploring the ideas of harmony and dissonance with the Confucian notions of ritual-propriety and music, this book sheds light upon our understanding of how these concepts have been practiced within Chinese society, by providing commentaries on and introduction to the first English translations of some important texts. This text includes twelve color photos and six black and white photos.
2004 0-7734-6352-6 The Book of Burial defined fengshui for the first time: it integrated various local beliefs and practices into the dominant Confucian tradition. It is, therefore, key to any understanding of Chinese culture. Based on the edition of the Book of Burial (Zang Shu) most popular during the last millennium, this translation makes available the text that links the widespread Chinese practice of fengshui (geomancy) to the fundamental beliefs and moral principles of Chinese culture. This annotation and commentary serve to place the text and the history of burial ritual in the proper cultural context. The translator’s introduction, which explores the questions of the interaction between elite and folk culture and the continuity of tradition, suggests an interdisciplinary approach to the study of fengshui.