China Institute welcomes Confucianism expert Zu-yan Chen, who will introduce Confucius, China’s greatest sage, and the philosophy that has shaped Chinese governance, values, and ideas for thousands of years. Following the lecture, contemporary China expert Zak Dychtwald will join Professor Chen in a conversation about Confucius’ legacy and his relevance in today’s hyper-modern China.
Scholar, philosopher, and political sage, Confucius is synonymous with Chinese morality and culture. But how much do most of us actually know about his thinking? How did Confucianism become the underpinning of the Chinese system of education and bureaucracy, and how do we separate the facts from the myths surrounding his ideas? Most importantly, why are we still talking about him after more than 2500 years? In short, why does Confucius still matter today?
Zak Dychtwald’s mission is to build a people-first understanding of China for a better world. He is the author of critically acclaimed Young China and founder of market insights firm, Young China Group. Zak’s work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg, and others, and he has been invited to speak to world and industry leaders on six continents. “Young China” means pushing us past old, limiting stereotypes and understanding China’s new identity on the world stage today.
Zu-yan CHEN is a Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He holds the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. An expert in Confucianism and Confucian ethics, Chen is the author of seven books and many articles spanning the fields of Chinese literature, history, philosophy, and language pedagogy, including Confucius’s Analects: An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Culture.