Soo Foundation Awards CIIS a $63,000 Grant to Support Faculty Jun Wang
Dear CIIS Community,

We are pleased to announce that the Soo Foundation has awarded CIIS a renewal grant of $63,000 to support Dr. Jun Wang’s appointment as a 0.6 FTE East-West Psychology Research Fellow during FY 2018-19.

This grant will allow Jun to continue the work she started during 2017-18 (also funded by the Soo Foundation) at the intersections of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Buddhist studies, and cultural anthropology.

Jun’s many exciting initiatives in the realm of research, teaching, and community engagement strengthen CIIS with their interdisciplinary and cross-cultural richness.

She will continue field research and revision toward the publication of her doctoral dissertation, Life History, Memory, and Writing in Contemporary Chinese Medicine, as well as pursuing community-based research on public health policy in collaboration with Traditional Chinese Medicine colleagues at other institutions.

Jun is co-creating a suite of new semester-long courses, including Wisdom Texts, East and West, co-taught this past semester with Debashish Banerji and Robert McDermott. Other prospective courses include The Dao of Life Cultivation in Chinese Traditions; The Chinese Body-Mind Healing System; and Magic, Science, and the History of Medicines, East and West.

In addition to these academic offerings, Jun plans to host Yaji 雅集(“Elegant Gatherings” featuring tea, music, and poetry) and will explore the possibility of facilitating other Chinese cultural experiences and discussion groups for the CIIS community.

Congratulations and many thanks to Jun for continuing this fruitful partnership with the Soo Foundation and for generously sharing her unique scholarship (and her tea!).

Thank you as well to Sarah Heady for stewarding the foundation’s previous grant and for preparing the current awarded proposal.

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