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Frank Kraushaar – from the past to the present

Frank Kraushaar, a professor of Chinese literature, lives in Latvia. He is a co-founder of a local institute for Asian studies.

Frank Kraushaar’s decision to study sinology was “completely clueless,” as he says today. “I wanted to live out my literary interests, but I wasn’t interested in classical European literary theories and doctrines.” He flipped through a study guide and came across sinology. “There was a sense of need to rethink literature,” Kraushaar recalls. He enrolled and soon realized that China’s older literature in particular was perfect for his pursuit. “Not to mention writing and language, the very history of literary genres is completely different from ancient Greek-Judeo-Christian-European.”

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