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Dr. Jiren Feng

Aloha. I teach Chinese Studies.

Chinese Architecture and Metapho

The Yingzao Fashi is the most important primary source for the study of Chinese architecture, but a rather difficult text due to its complicated technical contents and myriads of classical technical terms,ÔÇŁ says Feng. ÔÇťPrevious scholarship has reviewed this text largely as a work of technical nature, but I seek a different approach to it by viewing it as a unique literary work. I give special attention to its professional terminology and examine the exact semantic meanings of the words used to term specific architectural elements, relating them to specific architectural procedures, contemporary aesthetics and architectural conceptualization.

Read the UH Hilo Stories article about my First Book: Chinese Architecture and Metaphor: Song Culture in the Yingzao Fashi Building Standards.