Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at DePaul University and the author of Rhetoric in Ancient China: Fifth to Third Century B.C.E.: A Comparison with Classical Greek Rhetoric, Lu has also published many journal articles and book chapters on the subjects of Chinese rhetoric and Chinese communication studies. She is one of the first to publish a book length study in English of Classical Chinese Rhetoric.
Liu Yameng is a contemporary scholar of rhetoric who has written extensively about the interaction and sometimes clashes between Western and Eastern rhetorical traditions, both in the realms of scholarly discourse and in public political debate. Currently teaching at Fujan Normal University in China, he also taught for many years at Carnegie Mellon, and his article “To Capture the Essence of Chinese Rhetoric” is regarded as one of the germinal works on Chinese rhetoric as it has been perceived in the West.
Living in 5th century China, Liu is the author of one of China’s greatest works of literary aesthetics, the Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons. However, this work is now beginning to be recognized as an important work of rhetoric as well. Unlike the Western tradition, Chinese rhetoric did not define itself in opposition to philosophy, logic, or poetics. Instead, the all three practices were an integral part of communication.