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March 23, 1993
Hayao Kawai To Deliver Mansfield American-Pacific Lecture at the Library of Congress April 8
Fulbright scholar, noted author, and distinguished professor Hayao Kawai will deliver the 1993 Mansfield American-Pacific Lecture at the Library of Congress on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Memorial Building.
Designed to explore issues of mutual concern to the United States and the nations of the Pacific Basin and to promote East-West understanding, the current series -- "National Values and International Differences: Moral Visions in Japan and the United States" -- examines the differences in perception, values, and ideals springing from the roots of Japanese and American history.
Professor Kawai's topic, "Japanese Mythology: Understanding the Hollow Center" will draw upon Japanese mythology to explain basic Japanese values and how different values in Japan and the United States reflect different mythologies.
A professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Dr. Kawai is also a professor emeritus at Kyoto University, where he had been a professor of clinical psychology for 20 years. He has served as president of the Japanese Association of Clinical Psychology and is the author and editor of more than 50 books.
The Asahi News Paper Company selected his book, "Fairytales and Psyche of Japanese," to receive the Osaragi-Jiro prize in 1982. In 1988 it was published in the United States under the title "Japanese Psyche: Major Motifs in the Fairy Tales of Japan." That same year, Professor Kawai received the Shincho Gakugei Prize in Learning and the Arts for his work on "The Buddhist Priest Myoe: A Life of Dreams," which was just published in English.
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