20 January 2011

Mao, Meet Confucius: China’s Religious Revolution, by Kwok Pui-Lan (Religion Dispatches, 18 January 2011)

In another marker of the new, more pluralistic religious landscape in China, President Hu Jintao will visit a Confucius Institute in Chicago on January 21, 2011, after his meeting with President Barack Obama and a state dinner at the White House.

After a stringent purging of Confucian teachings during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), Confucius has been rehabilitated by the government. Books and TV programs about Confucian teachings have become hugely popular, making some authors millionaires. And less than a week before President Hu’s state visit, a new eight-meter bronze statue of Confucius was put in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in front of the National Museum of China—directly opposite Mao’s portrait.
Link: Mao, Meet Confucius: China’s Religious Revolution