Dr. Li-Hsiang Rosenlee spoke in late March at the Yenching Global Symposium, an esteemed conference that attracts prominent Chinese and international scholars to the Peking University campus for three days of lectures, panel discussions and interactive sessions.
Rosenlee, a UH West Oʻahu professor of philosophy, gave a presentation titled “Confucianism and the Lives of Women” to the conference.. Her presentation was drawn from a chapter she wrote for the forthcoming “The Oxford Handbook of Confucianism” (Oxford University Press).
The Yenching Global Symposium is a flagship event of the Yenching Academy, a highly selective program that was founded to foster a deeper, multi-disciplinary understanding of China while cultivating a new generation of global leaders. The theme of this year’s symposium was “Women: Re-Telling the China Stories” and was held from March 29 to 31.
“We aim to identify key components of the global ‘China Story’ through a gendered analysis, and incorporate a gender nuance into the larger discourse on China,” the symposium co-chairs wrote in an invitation letter to Rosenlee. “We believe your extensive experience is key to making our programming insightful and compelling.”
Rosenlee was one of two presenters on the panel titled “Confucianism Reexamined.” Rosenlee delivered one of the best presentations of the event, according to Peking University Humanities Chair Professor of Philosophy Roger Ames, who helped organize the conference.
Rosenlee has written extensively on women and Confucianism and is the author of the 2006 book, “Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation” (SUNY Press) and “A Feminist Reimagination of Confucianism: A Practical Ethic for Life” (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).