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Posted at 12:57 a.m., Friday, September 28, 2007

Confucius Day celebration set

Advertiser Staff

UH Manoa's Confucius Institute has planned several activities today for in recognition of the state's Confucius Day.

The public is invited to the events at the Shidler College of Business, Room A-101, starting at 3 p.m., which include:

  • Presentation of the inaugural "Distinguished Teacher Award" to UHM Emeritus Professor John DeFrancis, internationally respected in the Chinese language and education field for his publication of a widely used Chinese language text and numerous dictionaries. He is 96 years old and still publishing.

  • Wushu and Tai-chi demonstrations, Chinese poetry reading, quotations from the Confucian Analects, and Chinese music performance by UHM students, most of them former Study Abroad students with the UHM summer program in Hainan, China, known as the Hawai'i of China.

  • World Premiere screening of the documentary film "Living Chinese Philosophy" by Roger Ames, a member of the UH Manoa Philosophy Department, followed by a discussion led by Ames. Filmed on location in the provinces of Hubei, Sichuan, and Shandong, and in Shanghai and Beijing, "Living Chinese Philosophy" stresses the relevance of an understanding of Confucianism and Daoism in assaying China's responses to the pressing issues of modernization.