D.C. Lau

D.C. Lau was born in Hong Kong in 1921. He read Chinese at the University of Hong Kong, and in 1946 went to Glasgow, where he read philosophy. He taught Chinese philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London Univeristy from 1950. In 1965 he was appointed to a readership in Chinese Philosophy, and in 1970 as Chair Professor of Chinese at London University. In 1978 he returned to Hong Kong to take up the chair of Chinese Language and Literature at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is now Emeritus Professor. His translations of Tao te ching, Mencius, and The Analects of Confucius were published as Penguin Classics between the 1960s and the 1970s. Professor Lau was awarded an honorary doctorate by The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1975, and by Hong Kong University in 1989, both in recognition of his dedication to and achievements in the promotion of Chinese culture overseas.

Professor Lau is a founding member of the Renditions Advisory Board. His translations published in Renditions include excerpts from Advice to My Sons in No. 1, Yan's Family Instructions: excerpts in Nos. 33 & 34, 'Discussing the Matter of Learning with a Friend' in Nos. 41 & 42, and Tang and Song Lyrics in No. 7, Nos. 11 & 12, and Nos. 21 & 22.

D.C. Lau's translations of The Mencius and The Anaclects have both undergone extensive revision. The exhibits here show the corrections he made on The Mencius for the Chinese University Press edition of 1984 based on the text of his first Penguin edition (1970). Since then he has further revised this work. A new revised edition of The Anaclect has just been published (2001) and the new edition of The Mencius will be available soon from the Chinese University Press (2001).

Major Publications:

  • The CHANT Concordance Series [In progress, 57 volumes published 1991-2000]. Hong
       Kong: Commercial Press; Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
  • Yuan Dao: Tracing Dao to Its Source. New York: Ballantine Books, 1998.
  • Sun Pin: the Art of Warfare. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.
  • 語言與思想之間。 Hong Kong: T.T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre, Institute of
       Chinese Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1993.
  • Interpreting Culture through Translation: a Festschrift for D.C. Lau. Hong Kong: Chinese
       University Press, 1991.
  • Selected Short Stories of Lu Xun. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1979.
  • The Analects. Harmondsworth; New York: Penguin Books, 1979; Hong Kong: Chinese
       University Press, 1983.
  • Mencius. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970; Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1984.
  • Tao Te Ching. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1963; Hong Kong: Chinese University Press,