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Distinguished Speaker Series - Chris Ho

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Our Distinguished Speaker Series hosts an expert on an engaging Philosophy topic on the last Thursday of the month in the back room of Carrows Restaurant.

Our speakers will discuss their topic for between 30 and 45 minutes and then facilitate a discussion and answer questions. There will generally be online links to articles relevant to the speaker's topic to give you background and hopefully trigger questions that interest you.

Our September speaker is Chris Ho. .

The subject of his talk is Confucius and the Confucian Philosophy.

Chris Ho is a long time student of Chinese culture, art, and philosophy. He has been teaching Chinese Brush Painting at Saddleback College since 1997. His credits include vice president of the Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Association; Instructor of Chinese brush painting at North Orange Chinese School and Irvine Fine Arts Center; founder-CEO of the Wildlife Art Fund; director of the Bowers Museum Chinese Culture and Art Association; and guest artist at Pasadena City Library, Cal. Lutheran University and Irvine University.

Chris has shown in more than 40 art exhibitions in Beijing, Taipei, Los Angeles, San Francisco and at the California State Gallery, Sacramento, at the behest of State Assembly Member Dr. Judy Chu. In 1998 and 2000, He was invited to display over a hundred of his signature tiger and eagle subjects in the National Gallery, Taiwan. He recently exhibited his art in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei in 2008.

Chris draws on Ancient Chinese philosophy, especially the Confucian worldview, not in an academic manner, but practically, as the basis for his artistic orientation. He will speak to us about the Confucian worldview, and especially how insight into the life of Confucius helps to unlock an understanding of this Eastern Philosophy.

For a detailed article about Confucius click HERE (

For an overview of the Confucian philosophy via quotations click HERE (