Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs


Hongyin Wang

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This study was designed to make a systematic study of the being of the Chinese self by probing into basic structures of knowing, feeling, and willing; consequently, this study consisted of three parts. The first part dealt with typical Chinese knowledge and wisdom, including the Chinese view of the universe and man's place in the world, the general search for the individual self in society and nature, as well as a practical understanding of the theory-practice relationship. The second part discussed Chinese feelings and emotions, dealing with the Chinese dimension of love and hate with variations and weak versions; the pleasure-pain dimension in terms of earthly approach, artistic approach, and religious approach; and the fame-shame dimension relating to shyness and face-saving characteristics of the Chinese personality. The Chinese will and wish, pertaining to possible conflicts between the will to think and to act, the will to achieve and to be, as well as the will to desire and to defend, were studied in the third part within the framework of the Chinese self and group individuals in traditional Chinese society.

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Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

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Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Joseph G. Martinez

Second Committee Member

John T. Zepper

Third Committee Member

Archie J. Bahm