In The Beginning, She Was There: An Ecofeminist Reading of Chinese Creation Myth

Dr. Jea Sophia Oh presents a feminist comparative reading of Chinese creation mythology of Nüwa (yin) and Fuxi (yang), which is the background story of yin-­‐yang in The Classic of Change (I-­‐Ching, 易經). In the beginning, myriad things were created by yin (the feminine vital force) that was manifested in Nüwa. The use of Chinese and Korean concepts helps illuminate the all-­‐ encompassing process of nature. The endless creating, recreating, and co-­‐creating activities are from yin energy, which is embodied in all creation. Beyond feminist essentialist views of femininity, Dr. Oh suggests ‘fecundity’ as the inner power of nature in myriad things, including human males and more-­‐than-­‐human nature.

Tuesday, March 13 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

UNH 3500 - Village I

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Speakers and Seminars, Discussions


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Women’s and Gender Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies


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