6. Re-discovering Buddha’s Land: The Transnational Formative Years of China’s Indology

Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World - Philippe Bornet

Minyu Zhang [+-]
Peking University
Dr. Minyu Zhang is lecturer at the Department of Area Studies, School of Asian and African Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He studied Indian languages and literatures at Peking University. He researches early modern north Indian literature, Indian religions, and China-India cultural contacts. He is a key investigator of “Translation and Study of Sursagar” (Ministry of Education Grant Project, PRC) and “Translation of Chinese-Indian Classic and Contemporary Works” (China-India Governmental Cooperation Project). His recent publications include “Evolution of Indian Sahajayāna”, “The Defeat of Asuras in Surasagar”, “Myth and Identity: reflection on the neo-Buddhist movement in Maharashtra, India”.

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Since its reopening up in the 1840s, China came again into contact with India, the former “Buddha’s land”, in a relation that was not purely intellectual but also entangled with questions about China’s cultural self-identity and political ideology. The chapter argues that in the formative years of Indian studies in China, scholars developed their perspectives within three important transnational networks: the revived Buddhist ancestral China-India connection, the scholarly network around Western, particularly German orientalists, and the political network based on socialist and anti-imperialist ideology.

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Zhang, Minyu . 6. Re-discovering Buddha’s Land: The Transnational Formative Years of China’s Indology. Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781795835. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31743. Date accessed: 21 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31743. Oct 2018

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