Professor of East Asian Studies, specializes in Modern Chinese intellectual history and late Ming literature. He received his B.A. from Soochow University in 1970, his M. A. from Tunghai University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1982. His publications include Yuan Hung-tao and the Kung-an School (Cambridge University Press, 1988); A Pragmatist and His free Spirit: The Half-Century Romance of Hu Shi and Edith Clifford Williams (co-authored with Susan Chan Egan, Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2009);The Literary Criticism and Its Development of the Gongan School (Taipei, 1986); Hu Shi and Lu Xun (Taipei, 1988); Hu Shi and Modern Chinese Thought (Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2002); Studies on Modern Chinese Intellectual History (Taipei, 2003); Hu Shi’s Romance and His Late Years ( Anhui, 2008).
He is also the principal author of thirteen Chinese language textbooks ranging from the elementary to the advanced levels. Eleven titles have been published by Princeton University Press (1992-2007), one by the Far Eastern Publications of Yale University (1990) and one by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2009). This series has been adopted as textbooks by many institutions worldwide.
1. Yuan Hung-tao and the Kung-an School
2. A Pragmatist and His Free Spirit: The Half-Century Romance of Hu Shi and Edith Clifford Williams