Professor and Asian Studies Director

BA, MA, PhD (Toronto)

Dr. Edward Y. J. Chung is Professor of Religious Studies and the Asian Studies Director, University of Prince Edward Island, where he teaches Eastern religion and thought (Chinese, Japanese, Buddhist, etc.) and the comparative study of religion (e.g., mysticism in Buddhism and Christianity; interreligious dialogue; and comparative ethics). He previously taught at the University of Toronto, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Regarding his professional service, Dr. Chung is a member of the JEAP (Journal of East Asian Philosophy) editorial board, an advisor to ISEAP (International Society of East Asian Philosophy), and has also served as an external peer reviewer for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (for Standard Research Grants Program), State University of New York Press, Oxford University Press of Canada, University of Hawaii Press, the journal of Dao, the Journal of Korean Religion, etc.

His recent scholarly awards are the University of PEI Faculty Association Merit Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement (2017) and the UPEI Presidential Award of Merit for Scholarly Endeavours (2015). His three recent research grants are a 3-year grant (2017-2020; about $330,000) from Korean Studies Promotion Service (KSPS), The AKS, South Korea; an international research grant for a book project (2015-2018; $82,000), The AKS; and another book publication funding from UCLA–AKS (2011-14). Since 1992, he also received 25 more research grants (SSHRC UPEI Institutional Grants, SSHRC-General Research Grants [internal], Senate Committee on Research University Grants, UPEI Travel Grants, etc.).

His two latest books are A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought: The Chasŏngnok (Record of Self-reflection) by Yi Hwang (T’oegye, 1501-1570) (The University of Hawaii Press, 2016) and Korean Confucianism: Tradition and Modernity (The AKS Press, 2015). The Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi T’oegye and Yi Yulgok: A Reappraisal of the Four-Seven Thesis and Its Practical Implications for Self-Cultivation (SUNY Press) was his first major book. Professor Chung published an edited journal volume on “Korean Confucianism and Ecology” (2011). He also published 23 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles and presented 50 scholarly papers at various national and international conferences (APA, AAR, WHF, IAHR, CSSR, CASA, etc.). He is now working on a major book publication contract (to be published in winter 2019-2020), an edited journal volume, and a monograph book project.

Recent Publications

Yi Yulgok (1536-1584) on Ki/Qi, self-cultivation, and practical learning

Idea of Gi/Qi: Asian and comparative perspectives, 2019

Great dynthesis of Wang Yangming neo-Confucianism in Korea: Chŏng Hagok’s Chonŏn (Testament) on innate knowledge, self-cultivation, and simhak

115th Annual Meeting of APA (American Philosophical Association)–Eastern Division, New York, January 7-10, 2019, 2019

Chŏng Hagok’s critique of Zhu Xi and Yi T’oegye: A creative interpretation of Wang Yangming neo-Confucianism in Korea

116th Annual Meeting of American Philosophical Association (APA)–Central Division, Denver, Colorado, February 20–23, 2019, 2019

Yi T’oegye on transcending the problem of evil: A Neo-Confucian and interreligious perspective

Acta Koreana, 2019

YI T’oegye on the ideal human image: A modern Confucian and global perspective

5th World Humanities Forum "The Human Image in a Changing World", Busan, South Korea, October 31, November 2, 2018, 2018

Research Classification

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Research Interests

  • East Asian religions in Canada
  • Eastern religion and thought, especially Korean Neo-Confucianism
  • Modern Confucian ethics and spirituality
  • Emotions in Korean philosophies and religions
  • Comparative Religion: interreligious dialogue, especially Confucian-Christian dialogue
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