Dr Galal Walker gave a lecture titled Wisdom Traditions and Their Texts, East and West, Then and Now at Berea College near Lexington, KY. In this talk, Dr. Walker discussed how culture is a conceptual construct that is incrementally built up in a lifetime. By focusing on a few aspects of how we are all living texts constituted by the processes of communication in which we are engaged, Dr. Walker invited the audience to consider some contrasts between Chinese and American culture: what makes us makers of the cultures that make us.
The idea that “human beings are all living texts constituted by the processes of communication in which we are engaged” has been elaborated on and applied to Chinese language curriculum design by Dr. Walker’s PhD student Jianfen Wang in her dissertation titled “An Ecology of Literacy: A Context-based Inter-disciplinary Curriculum for Chinese as a Foreign Language” (2016).
Dr. Jianfen Wang is currently working at Berea College as an Assistant Professor of Chinese and Asian studies. One of her main responsibilities is to help Berea build a strong Chinese language program.
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