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Julia Huang

​Dr. Julia Huang is a cultural anthropologist whose speciality includes religion, globalization, and gender. She has done fieldwork in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, and China. Her first book, Charisma and Compassion: Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement (Harvard University Press, 2009) focuses on a lay Buddhist movement that began as a tiny group in Taiwan and grew into an organization with ten million membership worldwide. Her second book, Religion and Charity: The Social Life of Goodness in Chinese Societies (co-authored with R.P. Weller et al.) (Cambridge University Press, 2017) examines religious contributions to social welfare in China, Taiwan, and Malaysia. In addition, Huang has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.​