Professor Greg McCarthy Attends Awards Ceremony
On Saturday 27 February 2016, at the invitation of the National Bureau of Foreign Experts in China, Professor Greg McCarthy, the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, attended the award ceremony for Huilin Prize for Culture 2016 and presented an award to Professor Yue Daiyun as one of the two winners in 2016 for her distinguished services to the global appreciation of Chinese Culture. The award was sponsored and developed by the Huilin Foundation and the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture and Professor McCarthy was privileged to be chosen on behalf of the National Bureau of Foreign Experts in China to present this award to Professor Yue.
Professor Yue was a pioneer in researching and teaching comparative literature and she has influenced many scholars in China and the world over the years she taught at Peking University. Her research and teaching is based on the principle of shared knowledge that would recognise and transcend difference for a better world. She refers to this philosophy as Tianxia or literature ‘for all under heaven’. Prof. Yue taught at Peking University for 50 years and her transcultural understanding has spread widely and is well respected in Australia.
The ceremony was hosted by Prof Yu Dan who, in her own academic endeavours, has been able to bring a heightened appreciation of Confucian thoughts to a wide audience via her popular television series on Chinese culture.
This was a ceremony where the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies could reach out to show Australia’s collective gratitude to a true global scholar and to recognise Peking University’s proud intellectual history.