April 14, 2011
Confucianism in China Today
The last several years have seen an official revival of Confucianism in China. President Hu Jintao has developed the idea of a "Harmonious Socialist Society," drawing on Confucian ideas. The government has set up a network of cultural Confucius Institutes around the world. And earlier this year, a statue of Confucius was erected in Tiananmen Square. How extensive is the Confucian revival and what are its contours? What is its cultural, religious, and political significance? Dr. Li Yiu, a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkley Center and Executive Director of Center for Study of Religion and Society at Shanghai University, addressed these questions.
Yi Liu was a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs for the 2010-2011 academic year. He is a lecturer in the Department of History and the Executive Director of Center for Study of Religion and Society at Shanghai University. Dr. Liu's research and publications focus on theories of religion and globalization, Christianity in China, and religious freedom in modern China, as well as issues of religion, globalization and global governance. His doctoral dissertation, Religion and Politics in Global Context, is forthcoming with Shanghai University Press, and he recently published an article about national identity and Chinese Christianity in the journal Studies in World Christianity. A native of the North China countryside, Dr. Liu received a PhD in religious studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.