Ching-i Tu

Ching-i Tu (simplified Chinese: 涂经贻; traditional Chinese: 涂經貽; pinyin: Tú Jīng-yí) is an expert on classical Chinese poetry, Chinese intellectual history, Chinese hermeneutics, and cultural changes in modern East Asia. He is currently professor of Chinese Literature at Rutgers University, where he is chairman of the department.

He graduated from National Taiwan University with B.A. in 1958 and received Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1967. Tu was the first faculty member to teach Chinese language at Rutgers University. He established the Chinese program, and was important in the development of Chinese studies, Asian studies and Asian-American studies at Rutgers. He initiated the introduction of Japanese in the 1980s and was instrumental in the introduction of Korean and Hindi.[1]

Tu also initiated the Rutgers Multi-Media Chinese Teaching System, which received the 2008 World Languages Award from Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. Tu is currently the Director of the Confucius Institute at Rutgers.

Tu is the editor of Tradition and creativity : essays on East Asian civilization : proceedings of the lecture series on East Asian civilization, Classics and Interpretations: The Hermeneutic Traditions in Chinese Culture,[2] and a number of academic papers.


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