Global Studies brown bag lecture to feature talk on Chinese 'visceral dryness'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Xiaoran He, graduate student in the departments of history and Asian studies at Penn State, will present “Chinese Visceral Dryness, Western Hysteria? Chinese Medicine, Mental Pathology, and Gender in Modern China” at 12:15 p.m. on March 21 in 157 Burrowes Building.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and light refreshments of cookies, tea and coffee will be provided.

Xiaoran’s research interests include the history of mental health in modern East Asia, medical humanities, and print culture in modern China. Her talk will discuss the history of "visceral dryness," a term used in Chinese medicine in reference to hysteria. 

The Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series highlights faculty and graduate research in global fields. For a complete listing of more brown bag events, as well as all Center for Global Studies’ events, visit the events page at  

For more information, contact Sarah Lyall-Combs at 814-867-4697 or email at

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Last Updated March 26, 2018