“Contemporary Value of Yangming Culture” Academic Symposium Held in Guiyang Confucius Academy

2022-08-10

  On August 5, the “Contemporary Value of Yangming Culture” academic symposium was held at the Guiyang Confucius Academy. Yangming culture experts and scholars from both home and abroad gathered together to discuss the contemporary value of Yangming Culture.

  The symposium was sponsored by the Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, supported by the Academic Committee of Confucius Academy on the academic aspect, and co-organized by Guiyang Cultural Relics Bureau, Institute of Yangming and Guizhou Studies of Guiyang University, Publicity Department of Xiuwen County Party Committee, Yangming Culture (Guiyang) International Documentation Center, Guizhou Longchang Wang Yangming Research Institute, and Kongxuetang Book Company (Magazine).

  “This academic symposium is a specific measure taken by the Guiyang Confucius Academy to promote the creative transformation and innovative development of excellent Chinese traditional culture.” said Dai Jianwei, Director of the Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, as the sponsor, we sincerely expect the present experts and scholars to share new, deeper, and more exciting ideological achievements, give new connotations to the era of “Yangming Theory”, and present a cultural feast for everyone.

  The year 2022 is the 550th anniversary of Wang Yangming’s birth. The Guiyang Confucius Academy has launched a series of activities to commemorate Wang Yangming’s 550th birthday, including one forum, one exhibition, publication of one book, a series of special lectures, one academic discussion, and display of a batch of books.

  Guo Qiyong, Professor of the School of Chinese Classics at Wuhan University and Chairman of the Academic Committee of Confucius Academy, said that Mr. Wang Yangming’s theory of “unity of knowledge and action” is of great significance to today’s China. It inspires us to fulfill our due responsibilities, utilize our knowledge, and follow our own conscience to improve ourselves.

  Several Chinese speakers gave academic keynote speeches on the contemporary value of Yangming culture at the symposium, including Qian Ming, Deputy Director of the Jishan Wang Yangming Research Institute in Zhejiang Province, on Wang Yangming’s Thought and Wisdom and the Road to Common Wealth in Contemporary China; Dong Ping, Chairman of the Yangming Studies Research Association of the Chinese Confucian Academy, on Subjective Self-Clarification: On Wang Yangming’s “To Conscience”; Zhang Xinmin, Professor and Honorary Dean of the Chinese Culture College of Guizhou University, on Transformation and Teaching - Wang Yangming’s Lecture Activities and the Rise of the School of Wang Shouren Thought in Central Guizhou; Wu Zhen, Professor of the School of Philosophy, Fudan University, on Viewing the Secular Transformation of Jiangnan Confucianism from the Perspective of Taizhou School; and Ouyang Zhenren, Professor of the Center of Traditional Chinese Cultural Studies, Wuhan University, on Comments on Lu Xiangshan’s Philosophical Thought by Yangming Post-study.

  At the same time, panelists from Japan delivered video keynote speeches, including Professor Nagatomi Aochi of Waseda University on Viewing the Acceptance of Wang Shouren’s “Annotation of the Great Learning” in Japan from the Perspective of Sato Ichisai and Oshio Nakasai; Professor Akiaki Fujii of Kyushu University on The “Body Study” of Japanese Contemporary Neo-Confucian Takehiko Okada and the Background of His Thought; Toshihiro Hayasaka of the Humanities Department of Shinshu University on The Ethics of “Stopping”; and Professor Namba Seiman of Fukuoka Women’s University, on The Contemporary Value of Yangming Culture.

  At last, Gu Jiu, the former Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of the Guizhou Provincial People’s Congress, the former Chairman of the Guizhou Federation of Literature and Art Circles, and the former Director of the Guizhou Provincial Institute of Literature and History, made a summary of the symposium, and shared opinions and feelings by addressing three questions. 1. What is the relationship between Yangming culture and Yangming studies? 2. What era are we in? 3. Is it possible to transfer Yangming culture in China in today’s market economy era, and how to do it?

  Wang Yangming, who was enlightened and sanctified in Guiyang, is a peak of Chinese Confucianism and an important representative of traditional Chinese “people-oriented thought”. It is reported that the Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy and the Guizhou Confucius Academy Development Foundation are currently cooperating with Wuhan University to implement the project of compilating the Min Zang (Treasure of People-oriented Thought). In addition to explore and protect the “people-oriented thought” in excellent Chinese traditional culture, this project is a tribute and application to the modern value of “people-oriented thought”.