Welcome to the Center
The Center for Gary Snyder Studies run by Dr. Joan Qionglin Tan and her team focuses on the study of the contemporary American eco-poet Gary Snyder (1930– ) and other creative eco-works done by some famous writers and lovers of nature. It aims to attract more and more scholars and students around the world to show their concerns to the interconnectedness between human and nature, nature and culture through the case study of Snyder's eco-works, his eco-activities and his eclecticism of adapting great subcultures in his literary production.
The last stanza of Gary Snyder’s poem, ‘For All’, from Axe Handles, is chosen to be the eco-manifesto of the Centre, for it articulates one’s dedication to all sentient beings on the land and one’s best wishes of establishing one ecosystem throughout the world. In order to express an individual’s allegiance within his/her own cultural context, one can slightly adapt ‘
I pledge allegiance to the soil
and to the beings who thereon dwell
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.