Historian; Philosopher; Educator
Active in many public bodies, he is a member of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard, the chair of the Academia Sinica's advisory committee on the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum regularly held in Davos, Switzerland. He is a member of the Group of Eminent Persons on the Dialogue Among Civilizations convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, and a board member of the Chinese Heritage Centre in Singapore. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lehigh University in 2000. He is the author of 19 books in English, 13 books in Chinese, and well over 100 articles and books chapters.