Mayfair Yang

Mayfair Yang is Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was born in Taiwan, and received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley. She specializes in the Anthropology of Religion, modernity and the state, China Studies, and Gender and Media Studies. She was Director of Asian Studies at University of Sydney, Australia in 2007-2009. She is the author of Gifts, Favors, & Banquets: the Art of Social Relationships in China (1994) (American Ethnological Society prize), the editor of Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity & State Formation (2008), and Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China (1999). She produced two documentaries: Through Chinese Women's Eyes and Public and Private Realms in Rural Wenzhou, China. Her book in-progress is titled Re-enchanting Modernity: Sovereignty, Ritual Economy, and Indigenous Civil Society in Coastal China.