The many manifestations of Chinese poetry are crystals in which we may glimpse the multi-faceted reflections of Chinese life, values, philosophy and emotions. This artistic and literary genre reveals the inner lives of the Chinese people - how they think, feel, imagine and hope. The authors have sought to convey some sense, however fragmentary, of the artistic impulse in China as it confronts the endless mystery of existence through the millenia. The continuing impact of external influences on a culture remains uncertain. So too does the scope of the influence China will have on the world community in the twenty-first century and beyond. If you listen closely, and with a receptive ear, the resounding echoes of China's past, present and future can be heard in the mellifluous voices of its poets.
About the Author
The Authors: Catherine Yi-yu Cho Woo, internationally known scholar, poet, and composer, directs the Chinese Language Program at San Diego State University. She has served as Director for the campus China Studies Institute and the Center for Asian Studies, as well as President of the Phi Beta Kappa. She is presently a member of the National Council on the Arts. Her paintings have been shown in the National Gallery of Taipei, Stanford University, and the Sackler Museum at Harvard University. She has written nine books in Chinese and English on Chinese literature, art and culture.
Sandra A. Wawrytko, Ph.D. in Philosophy, teaches in the Philosophy Department at San Diego State University as well as in the campus Asian Studies Program. She is the Executive Director of the International Society for Philosophy and Psychotherapy, and an Executive Committee Member of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy. Her publications include The Undercurrent of 'Feminine' Philosophy in Eastern and Western Thought, and numerous articles in professional volumes and journals. She has also edited six volumes of conference proceedings and three volumes on Buddhist philosophy. Currently, she is completing a volume on Daoist Philosophy and working as consulting editor for the North American Institute of Zen Buddhist Studies.