Institution: Columbia University
Department: Department of Religion

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Yang, Zhaohua

Yang, Zhaohua

Zhaohua Yang 楊朝華 is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University 哥倫比亞大學. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He specializes in tantric or esoteric Buddhism in middle-period China. His research interests also include indigenous scriptures, the interactions between Buddhism and Daoism, and religions on the Silk Road. In addition to his training in pre-modern Dunhuang and Japanese manuscripts, he has done extensive fieldwork in Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and the US. He is finishing his first book manuscript, Devouring Impurities: Code, Myth, Ritual and Talisman in the Cult of Ucchuṣma in Tang China (618-907), which explores Chinese responses to antinomian tantric practices as seen through a Dunhuang manuscript. He is also developing a second project on the transformations of Buddhist ritual in Late Imperial China (960-1450). He worked as a journalist prior to his graduate work.