Wednesday Lunch Talk -- Chinese Death Practices in the Funeral Reform Era
A presentation by Jonathan Jackson, doctoral student in anthropology
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
Through funeral reform, the Chinese Communist Party has long sought to replace ancestor worship with death practices that reflect a secular vision of socialist modernity. However, the extent to which these reforms have affected the treatment of the Chinese dead is not clear. Drawing from recent dissertation research on death practices at the San Zhao Crematorium and Cemetery facility in Shaanxi province, this presentation will discuss changes in Chinese death practices and their social significance as they relate to notions of social worth and personhood.
Jonathan Jackson is a Ph.D. candidate in UCLA's Department of Anthropology.
Open to UCLA faculty and students, and others by invitation
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