CLASS Enhances China Studies with Two New Books

A book launch seminar on Confucianism for the Contemporary World took place at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) on April 16.

The seminar was organised by the Global China Studies project of CLASS and hosted by Professor FAN Ruiping, Chair Professor of the Department of Public Policy. Professor HON Tze-ki of the Department of Chinese and History (CAH) is the editor of the book. He and two of the chapter authors, Dr CHAN Hok-yin, his colleague from CAH, and Dr Els VAN DONGEN of Nanyang Technological University, introduced the book to the audience.

At the start of the seminar, Hon presented the theme, major contributors and contents of the book which aims to connect Confucianism to diverse contemporary issues such as “capitalism and global order”, “political plurality and civil society” and “social responsibility and social action”. It discusses the relevance of contemporary Confucianism and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues.

Van Dongen and Chan introduced the contents of their respective chapters. Van Dongen talked about the thoughts of a mainland Confucius scholar CHEN Lai. Chan discussed TANG Junyi’s views on plurality and openness after Tang became a refugee in Hong Kong in 1949.

The seminar concluded with a fruitful discussion on the topic. Participants asked questions and participated in the discussion on Confucianism and related issues.

Another recent publication is The Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China. It is the latest publication edited by Professor Xiaowei ZANG, Chair Professor of Social Sciences and Dean of CLASS. It advances research on the family and marriage in China by providing readers with multidisciplinary and multifaceted coverage of major issues in a single volume. The book addresses the major conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues of marriage and family in China and offers critical reflections on the history and likely progression of the field.

By examining traditional ideas of marriage and family in China against new concepts, state policy changes and market reforms, the Handbook exposes the impact these changes are having on familial structures, traditional institutions and marital ideals. The eminent contributors include established scholars and emerging stars in this area of research, from Australia, China, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, Britain and other European countries.

Working as a comprehensive and convenient reference for future research, this Handbook provides an extensive overview of key issues. An excellent reference tool for researchers and students of sociology, anthropology, public policy, family studies and China studies, this Handbook provides in-depth knowledge for further research to flourish.