Confucianism

Hong Kong to Celebrate Confucius in Lieu of a Holiday at Easter

April 23, 2007

Source: Asia News

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=9071&size=A

For years now, China’s government has been rehabilitating the figure of the great philosopher as a cultural ‘bridge’ to the rest of the world but also as a mentor justifying obedience to authorities. Christians will have to give up one holiday at Easter in favour of Confucius’ birthday.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A senior religious affairs official yesterday...

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Indians Welcome Springtime in Vivid Color at Festival

March 5, 2007

Author: Anita Hassan

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4601798.html

RICHMOND - Swati Verma looked like she was the loser of a paint ball competition on Sunday afternoon.

Orange and purple powders were splattered all over the 16-year-old Memorial High School student's clothes. Red and yellow coated her hair and inside her ears. Some splotches of green dye even showed on her teeth.
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S.A. Hindu Temple is Finally Authentic

January 29, 2007

Author: J. Michael Parker

Source: Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA012907.01B.Hindu_temple.1a8e556.html

After a 16-year wait, San Antonio's Hindu temple finally has received its crowning touch, a mahraja gopuram - literally, a "kingly pagoda" - that identifies the building with its roots in South India.

The gopuram, a 42-foot-high entrance tower built by Indian artisans with...

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Valley Muslims Seek Equality in School Holidays

January 21, 2007

Author: Daniel Patrick Sheehan

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a1_5muslimjan21,0,6392682.story

Kulsum Soonasra is one of perhaps 50 Muslims at Parkland High School but 1.5 billion in the world. And, while her argument for public school recognition of Islam's holiest day isn't a statistical one, those numbers mean something.

''We're a huge religion,'' the 17-year-old junior from Upper Macungie...

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Dinners Aim to Satisfy Appetite for Interfaith Understanding

January 12, 2007

Author: Richard Vara

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4467397.html

When 200 or so people sit down for dinner at 20 homes later this month, the main course will be interfaith understanding.

The dinners were inspired by The Amazing Faith of Texas, a book by Roy Spence featuring portraits and brief personal religious insights of Texans.

Mayor Bill White, one of the Texans...

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Hindus Want Place to Worship; Neighbors Worry about Land Loss

December 17, 2006

Author: Paul Wood

Source: News-Gazette

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2006/12/17/hindus_want_place_to_worship_neighbors_worry_about_land_loss

CHAMPAIGN - The highly educated diaspora of Hinduism is looking for a permanent home in Champaign County.

Hindus have met for years at the Urbana Civic Center, but they can't put up art works or other cultural signposts from the world'...

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Confucius Reenters China's Schools to Parry Western Ways

December 8, 2006

Author: Sarah Carr

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1208/p01s04-woap.html

GUANGDONG, CHINA – On a recent Friday afternoon in this southern Chinese province, the fourth-graders at Bowen International School were sitting up straight, their arms neatly crossed in front of them, belting out 13th-century Chinese poems on the virtues of being polite, respecting their parents, and working hard in school.

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Confucius, Freud find Place in Jails

December 4, 2006

Source: China Central Television/Xinhuanet

http://www.cctv.com/program/cultureexpress/20061204/100432.shtml

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- "Men at birth are naturally good." A group of 30 inmates intone with their teacher one of the most famous verses by Confucius every morning at a northeast China prison.

Beijiao Prison, in Changchun, capital of Jilin Province, has opened a "Confucian classroom" and installed closed circuit televisions to let the ancient...

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Asians Preserve Cultures, but Adapt to Western Ways

December 1, 2006

Author: Ramesh Santanam

Source: Pocono Record

Wire Service: AP

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061201/NEWS/612010317

PITTSBURGH -- Archana Patel celebrates Hindu religious festivals, cooks Indian vegetarian food, watches Bollywood movies with friends and knows her marriage will be arranged.

Chandrasiri Jayakody and Ananda Gunawardena join fellow Sri Lankans...

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Hindu Americans Protest Call to Convert to Christianity by Republican Candidate in Minnesota

November 21, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_anderson.htm

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (November 21, 2006) -- Hindu Americans, still reeling from an election season that saw high profile Republican Party candidates scorn adherents of minority faiths in the United States, were treated to another attack on pluralism from a state senate candidate in Minnesota. Republican Rae Hart Anderson, who was defeated by a margin of...

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Asia's New Gods

November 13, 2006

Author: Kishore Mahbubani

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek International

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/15564787/site/newsweek/

Most Asians are unaware that Christian evangelical movements have gained enormous political power in America. And if they were to learn this, they would be mystified. Their images of America remain the old ones: scenes of Hollywood and sexual permissiveness, secularism, money worship and devotion to modern science and technology. None of these...

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