Jing Tsu and Pericles Lewis discuss humanism in a time of U.S.-China polarization

Esma Okutan | Yale Daily News

An interdisciplinary and humanist approach is necessary to understanding China and its geopolitical relations in today’s world, explained professor of East Asian languages and literatures and comparative literature Jing Tsu at a Wednesday talk.

On Feb. 1, Tsu and Dean of Yale College Pericles Lewis led a conversation on the role of the humanist in a time of increasing tensions between the U.S. and China. The event took place in the President’s Room at Schwarzman Center as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Series, which invites Yale professors to speak with Lewis and student attendees on contemporary issues of importance. This event focused on understanding China from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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As a humanist, we’re trying to make and draw correlations and find parallels between past and present… as a literary scholar in particular, we learn how these connections yield new, meaningful ways of looking at things in a fresh light.
Jung Tsu