Lionel Jensen

Lionel Jensen

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Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Concurrent Associate Professor of History

Office: 266 Decio Faculty Hall
Phone: 574-631-7699

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Areas of Expertise

History of Chinese religion and thought, folklore, early Sino-Western contact, Chinese nationalism

Jensen’s research is identified closely with the intellectual history of “Confucianism”; however, his interests and published work extend from ancient through medieval, modern and even contemporary topics. He has conducted research into Chinese religion and thought, contemporary economy and politics, human rights, folklore, early Sino-western contact, popular cults, comparative mythology and nationalism. Jensen is co-author of “China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom,” a widely acclaimed examination of the nation’s culture through analysis of little-known but significant aspects of Chinese society. He also is the author of “Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization,” recognized in 1998 as the Best First Book in the History of Religions by the American Academy of Religion, and “China Beyond the Headlines.” Jensen was named one of the 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the Twentieth Century and included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.


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The New York Times — ‘One Child’ Culture Is Entrenched in China
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International Business Times — Vatican Working Toward Formal Ties With China Despite Rhetorical Disagreements
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Associated Press — Who Stopped China Catholics Going to South Korea?
Associated Press — Papal visit underscores religious divide in Koreas
CNN — The future of Christianity in China: Sino-theology and the pope
The Sunday Times — What would we die for?’ Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs
France 24 — Pope visits South Korea
The Wall Street Journal — Pope Francis Holds First Public Mass in South Korea
ABC News — Pope Francis Squeezes Into a Kia for South Korea Visit
CNN — Pope Francis arrives in South Korea for his first Asia visit
International Business Times — Pope Francis Calls For ‘Reconciliation’ Between Two Koreas In First Asia Visit
The Korea Herald — Trip signals Vatican’s shifting geographic focus
Agence France Press — Pope visits S. Korea with Asia in his sights
The New York Times — In Pope’s Trip to South Korea, Church Envisions Growth
The Washington Post — Pope Francis heads to South Korea for first visit to Asia
The Wall Street Journal — NYU Case Spotlights Risk of China Tie-Ups
Inside Higher Ed — U.S. Answer to Confucius Institutes
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