Xianda Huang

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Xianda Huang was born and raised in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. His devotion in pre-modern Chinese studies is gestated by his childhood learning of Chinese-style landscape painting and poetry. Xianda received his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, majored in Economics and minor in Chinese language and culture. Over the years, his passion for Chinese literature evolved into more complex works of classic poetry and fiction, of which Dream of the Red Chamber and Song Poetry have been most impactful. In addition, His economics background enables him to approach the Chinese traditional texts with an interdisciplinary perspective-the connection between literature and economics, or more precisely, how material culture and commercialism can influence the fictional characters’ perceptions of the world. During his senior year, he took independent study with Dr. Guojun Wang in examining the rise and maturity of Qing fiction in relation to the emergence of capitalism and commerce developed since the late Ming dynasty. Xianda wishes to explore and refine a more specific research field during his M.A. study and plans to go for doctoral degree afterwards. He believes that the Chinese traditional literature endows him with the wisdom of timeless perspectives and the ability to appreciate beauty through different lenses, which is not only crucial as he pursue scholarship and research but also as a contributing member of society.

During his leisure time, he likes to listen to Chinese music and dramas, to play badminton and piano.