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The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Pedagogical Reflections

What is our objective when we teach about Asian history and culture in our classrooms? One goal is to help stu­dents understand other cultures, to appreciate other ways of worldmaking.1 There is an obvious payoff to this, quite apart from the joy of peddling our own academic wares. As Clif­ford Geertz points out, the greater the reach of our minds—that is, the broader the “range of signs we can manage somehow to inter­pret” in our effort to understand the cultural ways of “other” pe...

Feature Article

The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Pedagogical Reflections

What is our objective when we teach about Asian history and culture in our classrooms? One goal is to help students understand other cultures, to appreciate other ways of worldmaking.1 There is an obvious payoff to this, quite apart from the joy of peddling our own academic wares. As Clifford Geertz points out, the greater the reach of our minds—that is, the broader the “range of signs we can manage somehow to interpret” in our effort to understand the cultural ways of “other” people...

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