Category Archives: Literature 文学

2022: China Protests and Retribution

This poem which appeared at Tsinghua University is circulating online in China. Many dots are added around the Chinese characters, apparently to frustrate the character recognition software that online censors used to scrub the Chinese networks clean. I found the … Continue reading

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2017: Restore the People Kneel to Officials System!

Where criticism is not allowed, should one use the past to criticize the present, or criticize by offering excessive praise? The Montreal newspaper Le Devoir has on its masthead a quote from Beaumarchais (from Figaro’s monologue in the Marriage of … Continue reading

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2009: Preface to Liao Yiwu’s “Earthquake Insane Asylum”

Rescuing the Real – Preface to Liao Yiwu’s Earthquake Insane Asylum By Kang Zhengguo 康正果 In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the United States was experiencing rapid economic growth, monopolistic industrial trusts, local judicial abuses, and a growing … Continue reading

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1000 BCE:Book of Poetry #12: The Magpie’s Nest

How times have changed! When I started studying Chinese, in the last days of the Mao Dynasty (Mao’s son Mao Anying was killed during the Korean War supposedly when, against advice, he left shelter to go out and cook egg … Continue reading

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2019: HK Writer Hon Lai-chu — “Today’s Is Not the Only Reality”

Years of passionate protest for legality and citizen rights in Hong Kong by great numbers of people came to an end with what now seems to be the now seemingly definitive subjugation of the Hong Kong rights movement. Only a … Continue reading

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The Book of Poetry’s Wandering Goddess of Wuhan: Mortal or Goddess or Both?

In reading ancient Chinese texts, be they medical texts like the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon of Medicine Huangdi Neijing 皇帝内经 or ancient philosophical or literary texts like the Book of Odes aka Book of Poetry aka Book of Songs Shijing … Continue reading

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Machine vs. Legge&Waley: Shijing 1-6 Peach-Tree

From Chapter one of The Odes aka 《詩經 – Book of Poetry》. A machine translation of the articles on this ode Peach-tree 桃夭 from the Chinese literary website 5000yan.com. The Chinese Text Project page for this ode is also helpful. … Continue reading

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2007: Ran Yunfei: Food During the 1959-61 Famine

Ran Yunfei is scholarly Chengdu writer who writes about education, society, history and literary topics. He has tried to avoid politics, but trying to write the truth about history and society easily gets writers into trouble with the Chinese Communist … Continue reading

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1928: Qian Mu on Confucius and the Status of His Doctrine

Qian Mu (錢穆 aka Ch’ien Mu) was one of the top Chinese classical scholars of the 20th Century. Here an introduction to Confucius Qian Mu gave to students in Suzhou in 1928. We see in his presentation how he locates … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XXVI: Final Cultural Revolution Shockwaves

Kong Linping in his memoir tells the story of a murderous terraced paddy field and road construction project that killed many of the slave laborers in his labor camp. Chongqing author Kong Lingping’s rightist memoir describes twenty-two years in Chinese … Continue reading

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