Funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Religion in National and International Affairs
in China and India
June 9-30, 2018
Dr. Glenn Shive, Executive Director, Hong Kong America Center, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. David Palmer, Head, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong University
Dr. George Thadathil, Principal of Salesian College, Sonada, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the 2018 seminar devoted to the topic of “Religion in National and International Affairs in China and India” is part of the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP), Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. The goal of the 2018 seminar is to facilitate the study of religion and public life in China and India by American scholar-teachers who seek to broaden their fields of expertise and deepen their knowledge of these Asian societies and cultures. The directors seek to enable ASIANetwork faculty, working as individuals and as a team, to create new research pathways and teaching materials, including designs for course components that will enrich instruction in these subjects in liberal arts colleges in America. They also wish to promote inter-institutional linkages wherever possible to expand exchanges of students and scholars with these regions.
The itinerary will begin with a full week in Hong Kong, drawing on the academic resources of several universities in the Hong Kong America Center/Fulbright consortium. The second week will move onto China’s mainland with three days in the booming city of Shenzhen. At the mid-point, we will fly to Kolkata, India and then travel into the northeast of India. The contrasts between China and India with regard to religion and modern society are very striking. We will spend a week in northeast India, including Darjeeling, Sikkim and Guwahati in Assam state. The four religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity are all critical to the ethnic and social structure of this mountainous region on the southern tier of the Himalaya peaks.