- South Hall 1430
C. Julia Huang will introduce the background of the transnational development of Buddhist groups originating in Taiwan, describe the forms of global Taiwan Buddhism, and address issues involved in the cultural politics of Taiwan Buddhism on a global stage. She will show how the global expansion of the three major groups—Tzu Chi (Compassion Relief), Foguanshan (Buddha’s Light Mountain), and Fagushan (Dharma Drum Mountain)—are similar: as exemplary of “Humanistic Buddhism,” in leadership and organization, and in timing, scale, and Taiwanese constituency. The lecture will discuss the cultural-political issues involved in the group’s charity practices in two multi-ethnic contexts: in Muslim-majority Malaysia and among the Aborigine minorities in Taiwan. Dr. Huang received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Boston University and is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University.