Confucius [551-479 BC], though of noble descent, was born in humble circumstances. He
believed that politics is only an extension of morals, and spent ten years travelling
through the various states of China spreading his ideas. When he realised that there was no
way of converting the feudal rulers to his way of thinking he returned to Lu and spent the
rest of his life there teaching his pupils.
D.C Lau has held a number of professorships in the field of Chinese language and literature.