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Who was Confucius? - Bryan W. Van Norden

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Most people recognize his name and know that he is famous for having said something, but considering the long-lasting impact his teachings have had on the world, very few people know who Confucius really was, what he really said... and why. Bryan W. Van Norden reveals the man behind the mystery.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Bryan W. Van Norden
  • Animator Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat
  • Script Editor Amy Adkins
  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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