This work is a study of the cultural transmission of Chinese mythical beings into the Western cultural sphere. Using textual analysis and interviews with Chinese and Chinese-Americans in the United States, I engaged in the hermeneutical process so as to create a comprehensive understanding of the cultural translation of these mythical creatures. Throughout this process I reevaluated and redeveloped my personal understanding of the nature of these beings and found, unexpectedly, the significant role of a creature's visual appearance in its transmission into the Western cultural realm.
Sociology and Anthropology
Swoveland, Emily, "Examining the Cultural Transmission of Chinese Mythical Beings: a Lesson in Hermeneutics" (2009). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 1168.
Chinese Studies | Folklore | Sociology of Culture
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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