Sarah studies the interchange between aesthetics, Buddhism, and literature during the Song dynasty. Specifically, she is working on analyzing the miscellany collection by the prolific Northern Song monk Juefan Huihong (1071-1128 C.E.), using methodologies from literary and religious studies.
Ph.D. Dissertation (tentative):
Using the Poetry Eye to Look at the World: The Convergence of Literatati Culture and Chan Buddhism in the Miscellany of Juefan Huihong (1071-1128 C.E)
I am fascinated by traditional cultures and classical literature, but I am also interested in the modern interpretation, reaction, and (sometimes) dismissal of these ancient works and practices. I see culture as a dynamic interchange between ideas and practices from the past, present, and the projected future. Consequently, I’ve found that culture is best accessed from a multidisciplinary approach that may cut across temporal boundaries.My hobbies include hiking, yoga, reading English and Russian literature, vegan cooking, and watching ballet performances and period drama movies.
- M.A., Asian Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
- M.A. Thesis: Jade Belt and Monk’s Robe: Literary Exchanges between Poet Su Shi and Chan Master Foyin of the Song Dynasty
- B.A. Chinese Language, University of California Berkeley
Additional study of Chinese language:
- 2009: Mandarin Training Center, Taiwan Normal University
- 2007: “Princeton in Beijing” Summer Program
- 2001-2002: International Chinese Language Program, Taiwan National University
- “My Hometown Grows Up,” translation of contemporary Taiwanese short story in Journal of Taiwan Literature: English Translation Series, 21 (July 2007): 95-104.
“Encounters Between Monks and Literati in Nighttime Chats in a Chilly Hut.” Presented at the Buddhist Studies Roundtable, UC Berkeley.
“Lame Mr. Liu, Uncle Yuancai, and a Barefoot Monk: Eccentric Aesthetes in Master Huihong’s Nighttime Chats in a Cold Studio (1121).” Presented at the American Oriental Society Western Branch Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.
“Teaching the Nuances of Chinese Optative Verbs to English Speaking Learners: Integrating Sociocultural Pragmatics.” Presented at the 6th UC Language Consortium, San Diego, CA.
- Dr. Ronald Egan, Department of East Asian Languages, Stanford University
- Dr. Hsiao-Jung Yu, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
- Dr. Xiaorong Li, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
- Dr. Xiaobin Ji, Department of History
- Winter 2013 EACS/RS 23: Chinese Buddhism Dr. Steavu-Balint
- Fall/Winter 2012 Chinese 1: Elementary Modern Chinese Dr. Chen
- Fall/Summer 2011 Chinese 1: Elementary Modern Chinese Dr. Chen
- Winter 2011 EACS 4A: East Asian Pre-Modern Dr. Egan & Dr. Saltzman-Li
- Winter 2008 EACS/RS 21: Zen Buddhism Dr. Hillis
- Winter 2007 Chinese 1: Elementary Modern Chinese Dr. Chen
Additional Teaching Experience:
- 9/2010-6/2011 Chinese Instructor, Laguna Blanca Upper School
- 9/2003-6/2006 Chinese Instructor, Dharma Realm Buddhist University
- 2015: Taiwan Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies
- 2014: Chinese Government Scholarship
- 2013: UCSB Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
- 2010-2013: Pai Hsien-yung Endowment Fellowship
- 2009: Taiwan Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
- 2006 – 2008: UCSB Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
- Summer 2007: UCSB Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
- 2001 – 2002: Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) Scholarship