Chinese Women and the Environment

Sep 17, 2021, 12:00 pm

Join the Asia Center for an in-depth conversation with Dong isbister, Xiumei Pu, and Stephen D. Rachman, editors of Chinese Women Writers on the Environment: A Multi-Ethnic Anthology of Fiction and Nonfiction, and author Burao Yilu.

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The stories, prose and poems in this anthology offer readers a unique and generous array of women's experiences in China. In a world that is rapidly modernizing, these writings attempt to reconcile with the ever-changing people, plants, beasts and environment. After five years of painstaking collection and translation, the authors present these stories of strength and sadness, defiance and resilience, urban and village life, from the days of the cultural revolution to the present. Whether a house full of hawks and eagles, a stubborn cow, or a defiant elderly couple sabotaging a lumber operation, these stories express powerful visions of the earth interwoven with human memory.

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Burao Yilu is a writer of the Va ethnic group in China, the author of an essay collection Pledge to the Sacred Tree: Songs from the Heart of a Va Woman, numerous poems including “Water Buffalo Bells,” “Moon Mountain,” and the award-winning “The Last Tribe in China-Weng Ding,” and several biographies, Four Generations of Va Women, Adventure of A Va Mother and Daughter in Beijing, and Bright Eyes from A Va. A number of her works have been translated into English, German, and other languages. Her many honors include a Best Ethnic Journalism Award from the journal China’s Ethnic Groups, and a Special Award from the Journal of Women’s Studies. She is a former editor and columnist of China’s Ethnic Groups, the official journal of the National Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and the executive editor of the photo book The Poverty Alleviation Projects by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yunnan Province. She is currently a board member of the Association of Chinese Contemporary Ethnic Literature Studies, and a member of the China Writers Association. She has been selected and included in The Famous Figures of the Contemporary Arts Circles in China and Encyclopedia of China’s Ethnic Groups-Va. She believes that literature of China’s ethnic groups has the responsibility of reflecting on ancestral home ground and ethnicity.

Dong Isbister is an associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her research and teaching interests include collective memory, immigration, transnational feminism, environmental humanities, ecotourism, race and the environment, women's literature, and translation and interpreting studies. She has published scholarly and creative works in English and Chinese and won multiple grants and awards for her research and teaching.

Xiumei Pu is an associate professor of Environmental Studies at Westminster College. Her teaching and publications have been at the confluence of environmantl humanities and feminist studies. She is the author of “Turning Weapons into Flowers: Ecospiritual Poetics and Politics of Bön and Ecowomanism'' and other writings on transcultural understanding of gender and the environment. She has collaborated on several publications with Dong Isbister (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) and Stephen Rachman (Michigan State University), including Chinese Women Writers on the Environment: A Multi-ethnic Fiction and Nonfiction, “Blurred Centers/Margins: Ethnobotanical Healing in Writings by Ethnic Minority Women in China,” and "(Re) connecting People and the Land: Ecomemory in Environmental Writings by Ethnic Minority Women Writers in China". She is the recipient of a Public Engagement Seed Grant from the Whiting Foundation for a public humanities project “Mountains and Stories: Building Community Among Asian Refugees and Immigrants in Salt Lake Valley.”

Stephen Rachman teaches in the Department of English at Michigan State University, where he was former Director of the American Studies Program and Co-Director of the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Laboratory. He is the editor of The Hasheesh Eater by Fitz Hugh Ludlow (Rutgers University Press) and a co-author of the award-wining Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow (Oxford University Press), co-editor of The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Chinese Women Writers on the Environment (McFarland Press). He has written on Poe, Pearl S. Buck, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, literature and medicine, cities, and popular culture. He is currently completing a study of Poe entitled The Jingle Man: Edgar Allan Poe and the Problems of Culture.

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This program is made possible with support from the Mayor's Office of New Americans, Westminster College, The Asia Center at the University of Utah, and Utah Humanities.

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