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Department of Social Anthropology



Trained in social anthropology, Tracy has been conducting research about the Fo Guang Shan (FGS, 佛光山) Humanistic Buddhist movement since 2014. From the perspective of anthropology of ethics, her doctoral project focusses on the most recent development of FGS in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), based on her 12-month fieldwork in China and long-term participant observation within numerous FGS branches across Asia, North America, Europe, and Oceania. Her original project explored the localisation of FGS in the Catholic Philippines via life-coaching, interfaith charity, and the performing arts. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Tracy redirected studies towards FGS in China yet maintains interest in her original Southeast Asian-based project. With an everlasting interest in interfaith harmony, she has been facilitating the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week as an event-planning committee member since 2020. Before her studies in Cambridge, Tracy received MA in Buddhist Studies with Distinction from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and MSc in Social Anthropology with Distinction from London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds a BA in English Literature with Outstanding Graduate Award from Minzu University of China.


The anthropology of ethics and morality; the study of Chinese Buddhism (Humanistic Buddhism)

Research Title: Fo Guang Shan Humanistic Buddhism in the PRC
Supervisor: Professor James Laidlaw
 Xinying (Tracy)  Liu (2019)

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