UH West O‘ahu associate professor wins essay contest, garners cash prize

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen,
Public Relations and Marketing
Posted: May 13, 2009

UH West Oʻahu Associate Professor Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee won the 2009 Charles Wei-Hsun Fu Foundation and the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) essay contest in the "senior scholar" category for her work "Confucian Care: Beyond the Colonial Politics of Feminism." Rosenlee will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize in addition to a $1,000 travel award and will present her essay at the upcoming ISCP conference at Fujen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan, in July.

In her essay, Rosenlee constructs hybrid feminist care ethics that are grounded in Confucianism, and challenge the alleged misogynistic nature of Confucianism and its irrelevance to contemporary life. She argues that Confucian care is not only compatible with feminist care ethics, but more importantly, is able to strengthen the theoretical groundings of care ethics and meet the objections of its liberal critics.

The Charles Wei-Hsun Fu Foundation was organized in honor of the late Charles Wei-Hsun Fu, scholar and teacher, and is dedicated to the search for knowledge and promote the international efforts of philosophers, and encourage deep explorations of Asian thought and culture. The ISCP supports and sponsors conferences and other activities related to Chinese philosophy in cooperation with philosophical congresses and academic institutions.

Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee is an associate professor of Philosophy at UH West Oʻahu. Her research areas of interest are Chinese philosophy, ethics and feminism. She is the author of Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2006) and published numerous journal articles, including "Neiwai, Civility, and Gender Distinctions," Asian Philosophy 14:1 (March 2004): 41-58, "What Is It about ʻBitch‘ that Makes Us Laugh?" Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly 10:4 (Dec. 1998): 549-51, and "Ricoeur‘s Hermeneutics of the Self and Its Aporia," International Studies in Philosophy 30:2 (1998): 55-67.

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