Chinese mythology the focus of interdisciplinary research

Fri 13 July 2018

Chinese mythology the focus of interdisciplinary research
Chinese mythology the focus of interdisciplinary research

Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) graduate Qian Wang, a 2+2 student from China’s Shandong University, Weihai, reflects on her decision to complete the final two years of her degree at the Australian National University (ANU). 

“I wanted to attend a world-class university, which is research-based and had a peaceful campus environment, and ANU met my requirements. The research-based characteristic enabled me to work with academics, offered me opportunities to undertake my research project and be supervised by specialists,” Qian explains.

During her time at ANU, Qian’s greatest achievement was completing the work of her final year honours project, a unique research collaboration with academics from the ANU Research School of Computer Science and the ANU Digital Humanities lab.

This truly interdisciplinary project called upon computing techniques and expert knowledge to analyse and visualise the narrative of the Chinese mythology classic, Shanhai Jing.

Qian shares how important the project has been.

“Much effort has been spent on analysing Western literary traditions, but projects focused on Chinese literature within this interdisciplinary field are rare.”

“My work seeks to bridge the gap, introduces ancient Chinese mythology to the broader public and a broader academic community, and contributes to the diversified culture of literary analysis.” 

Qian points out that in addition to gaining knowledge and skills during her studies, she also enjoyed the experience of studying at ANU.

“The ANU campus is elegant and full of vitality, there are many adorable animals on campus, such as rabbits, ducks, and parrots, which released my pressure and enriched my daily life.”

University life at ANU has encouraged Qian to share knowledge with confidence and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with academics and peers.

“I will always remember those days I spent with my supervisors for my research project, they were specialised, patient, and enthusiastic. They considered my interests and tailored the project for me. They were generous in praising me when I did a great job, which helped me to build my confidence”

“I have received a top-quality education, which ensures I am well-prepared for the future. I have been inspired personally and every time I want to give up, I will think of my supervisors’ encouragement and the positive learning atmosphere with friends in the lab, which will provide me with courage and support me to overcome obstacles.” 

Qian hopes to continue her research work and remain connected across the disciplines to further highlight how collaborative research can lead to new and exciting ways of sharing results with the world.

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