Xinyang Li - Class of 2014

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Xinyang Li worked on her project about Confucianism’s role in China. Confucianism has been a school of thought, which is considered as the orthodox thinking of Chinese culture. However, as China develops its economic power, Confucianism serves new roles. It has become a symbol of Chinese culture as Confucian Institutes are established vastly in the Western world. Furthermore, Confucianism has been commercialized in recent decades, serving to attract tourists. Li explored whether Confucianism is losing its essence while it is acting multiple roles or Confucianism coexists with its new roles.