Nearing the end of my wife’s visiting professorship in Japan, I’m delighted to share that our adventures in Asia will continue in Hong Kong. I will start work this summer as Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at The Education University of Hong Kong.
Here are a few photos that capture the beautiful campus, outstanding colleagues, and the overwhelming scope of Hong Kong. Outside the music building there is a statue of Confucius, a reminder the importance paid to education in China for over two thousand years, and who certainly supported music as central to life:
Confucius is often portrayed in good spirits—singing with friends, playing the lute, laughing and joking. He once told a disciple that he should be described as “so full of joy that he forgets his worries.” On another occasion, Confucius asked his disciples to tell him what their goals would be if they earned the eye of a ruler. One pledged to fix a broken state, another to bring prosperity to the people, and a third to serve in the ancestral temples. Then the disciple Zeng Dian spoke. “Dian, pausing as he was playing on his lute, while it was yet twanging, laid the instrument aside,” the Analects recounts. “‘ My wishes,’” he said, “‘ are different from the cherished purposes of these three gentlemen. In this, the last month of spring, with the dress of the season all complete, along with five or six young men who have assumed the cap, and six or seven boys, I would wash in the Yi [River], enjoy the breeze among the rain altars, and return home singing.’” Confucius then “heaved a sigh and said, ‘I give my approval to Dian.’”
Schuman, M. (2015). Confucius and the world he created. New York, NY: Basic Books. (p. 19)