Psychology Professor Blogs About China
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 [8:17 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The first time Lindsey Wilson
College Associate Professor of Psychology David Ludden visited Shanghai, he found a
relic of 19th-century European colonialism. That was more than 20
This time, he is finding a city that is a symbol of China's
arrival on the world stage teeming with more than 20 million
Through the end of July, Ludden is spending a sabbatical in the
eastern Chinese city where he is visiting Shanghai Normal University. Ludden, left, will
teach psychology graduate students at the university, and he'll
also meet with scholars at the public university.
Also during Ludden's five-month sabbatical, he is posting
semiweekly observations of everyday life in the dynamic city to his
blog, "China Perspective."
"I will interact with its people, trying to understand life in
this rapidly changing country and how the Chinese view their
relationship with the rest of the world," he said. "Although I will
consider cultural differences, I will mostly be searching for the
commonalities of human existence that bind us all together. … I
want to give people an idea of what China is like from the Chinese
people who live there."
LWC has a partnership with Shanghai Normal University. The
college has hosted a professor and student from the Chinese school,
and Lindsey Wilson has sent a student to Shanghai Normal
University. Ludden hopes the relationship will continue to grow as
China and the United States become more interdependent.
"It's no longer the case where you can think, I'm from Kentucky,
I live in Kentucky and I only care about things that are here in
Kentucky,'" Ludden said. "It doesn't matter where you live in the
world -- we're all interconnected. China is certainly one of the
most important countries in the world now. In the future, the
things that go on in China are going to have a big impact on this
country. So we really should have an understanding about it. And
one of the best ways to deal with another country is to understand
their point of view on things."
Ludden said his sabbatical will also help him introduce new
ideas and perspectives about psychology to his students when he
resumes teaching at Lindsey Wilson.
"Whenever faculty travel abroad and get an experience outside of
the country, they can bring that back into the classroom," he
To read David Ludden's "China Perspective," go to: davidludden.blogspot.com.