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Centenarian Rao Zongyi at the Inauguration of the Federation of Rao Studies

Source: Xinhua News Agency Date: 2016-12-16
The Federation of Rao Studies founded by Chinese and overseas research institutions on the academic thoughts of Rao Zongyi was inaugurated at the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Center on the evening of December 3rd. The centenarian master on ancient Chinese studies Rao Zongyi attended the event.

The federation was established by 22 research institutions from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and London, with the aim of improving research on Professor Rao’s academic, literary and artistic achievements and thinking through exchanges and cooperation so as to promote traditional Chinese culture and cultural exchanges between China and other countries.

In his address to the inauguration ceremony, Mr. C.Y. Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR, said Professor Rao is a grand master in sinology who had done deep research in many areas and authored many books. The federation, as Mr. Leung said, provides a platform for exchanges and cooperation among research institutions to promote Rao studies, enable more people to understand Rao studies and contribute to the promotion of Chinese cultures.

Deputy Director Yang Jian of the Liaison Office of the Central Government in Hong Kong SAR said in his address that culture is the blood tie and soul of a nation. Shared culture is an essential element of a nation. Hong Kong and the mainland share the same cultural roots. It is an inseparable part of the motherland. The philosophy of unity amidst diversity has far-reaching impact on the Chinese civilization and is reflected in the “one country, two systems” as currently practiced in Hong Kong. “One country” stands for the ideal of unity. Respecting the differences between the two systems is a symbol of diversity. The two systems are allowed under the precondition of one country. Mutual benefit and common development is the biggest advantage of Hong Kong.

Rao Zongyi was born in Chaozhou, Guangdong and moved to Hong Kong in 1949. He taught at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He engaged in academic research and teaching for over 80 years with deep learning in a wide range of areas. He is an expert on ancient Chinese writings on bones and tortoise shells and Sanskrit. He is a world-renowned a sinologist who has made outstanding contribution to academic research in traditional scripture study, archeology, religion, philosophy, art and ancient classics.