March 23, 1993
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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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