The Los Angeles Times reports on the current fad for Confucius, and the woman who started it all:
Since the publication of her enormously popular book on the teachings of Confucius late last year, Yu has been racing from college lectures to book signings, TV appearances and speaking engagements. The public can’t seem to get enough of this overnight sensation who has turned dusty old Confucian teachings into a Chinese version of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”
“I never expected this,” the smartly dressed 42-year-old said in a hurried interview from the back of the black Audi taking her to the airport. “In the 21st century, our value system is changing; people are faced with a lot of confusion and choices. The classics are not just fossils. They are a value system that can help us find answers to modern-day problems.” [Full text]
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