EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - To commemorate Confucius’ birthday on September 28, the New Jersey Chinese community recently held a traditional memorial ceremony to pay homage to Confucius’ philosophy and contributions to the world. Confucius is China's most-revered sage.

The event was hosted by Mid-Jersey Chinese School (www.mjcs.us). The Mid-Jersey Chinese School is the oldest Chinese language school in New Jersey, serving the community for over 50 years. Chinese language and culture classes, cultural events, and social gatherings are held at Churchill Middle School.

Honored guests from the local community who attended this cultural event included East Brunswick Mayor Dr. Brad Cohen, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Director of Instructional Innovation and Community Outreach Dr. Joyce Boley, and East Brunswick Board of Education Member Susanna Chiu.

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Mayor Cohen, addressing the crowd on East Brunswick Day following the event, said, " The teachings of Confucius from 2,500 years ago are still valid today in East Brunswick.  Here we are seeing diversity on display.  We learn from Confucius that actions matter.  We learn to value each other's participation in building a community."

The memorial ceremony was led by Deputy Director General Franklin F.Y. Chen of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO). Students from the Association of New Jersey Chinese Schools (ANJCS) performed a traditional Confucian ceremonial dance dressed in ancient Chinese scholar uniforms. Approximately 250 audience members participated in the cultural event.

Confucius (551-479 B.C.) was a Chinese educator, scholar and philosopher.  He emphasized the importance of education, personal and civic morality, and social responsibility. Confucius is revered throughout Chinese history and regarded as China's "First Teacher."

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous."  Confucius