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Yü returns to deliver Mote lecture, Oct. 18

Ying-shih Yü, the Gordon Wu '58 Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies, will deliver the inaugural address of the Frederick W. Mote Memorial Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in 202 Jones Hall. He will speak on "Zhu Xi (1130-1200) and Song Political Culture."

Yü has had a distinguished career as a researcher, historian and teacher at Harvard, Yale, the University of Michigan, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Academia Sinica. He came to Princeton in 1987 and retired in 2001. In 2005, he was named senior distinguished scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress to pursue his interest in Chinese history, culture and philosophy.

One of the world's authorities on the Tang Dynasty, Yü has researched and written extensively on every period of Chinese history, from ancient to modern. He is highly regarded in China and respected not only for his scholarship but also for his criticism of the communist regime.

The lecture series was established to honor Mote, a Princeton professor of East Asian studies from 1956 to 1987 who died in 2005. Each year an eminent scholar of Chinese studies will be invited to Princeton to lecture as part of the series, made possible by the Mote Memorial Lecture Fund and the Program in East Asian Studies.

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