Records of the Dead, Records for the Living: Reading Muzhiming

Collaborative Group

Dr. Ping Yao




California State University Los Angeles


This workshop aims to generate fruitful exchanges on three main issues: 1) the development of the context, rhetoric, and aims of epitaph composition, 2) epitaphs as sources for exploring cultural values, social mores, and identities, 3) emotions and relationships reflected and represented in epitaphs, and 4) new directions of utilizing epitaphs in social history and family history. Overall this workshop will provide a great opportunity for the participants who have used epitaphs extensively in their researches to explore the richness and utility of epitaphs and the importance of such texts in the study of imperial China.