A week or so ago, in one of the final classes of the fourth year history seminar on Christianity in China that I am currently taking, the professor, in an apparent effort to coax us into some critical thinking, posed these questions; “Did Christianity become a Chinese religion? And if so, when and how did this happen?” The answers that we came up with in class included when … [Read more...] about (Letter from Lime) No Such Thing as China
I have not done any research in writing this post, but I hope that does not detract us from having a vigorous and good discussion here. In our recent Chinese Nationalism thread, Shane9219 started a discussion on a just released movie relating to the Nankin Massacre. This got people discussing what the lessons of Nazi and Japanese Aggressions in WWII were. … [Read more...] about Informal Discussion – the Lessons of Nazi and Japanese Aggressions in WWII
A Mr. Li sent this essay to the BBC and dared them to publish it. They did. Much thanks to EastSouthWestNorth for providing this English translation (See their post for additional translated reader comments.) … [Read more...] about (Letter) The Chinese essay BBC was dared to publish (contrasting argumentation styles)
Here's a bit from a famous poem by a famous colonial-era British author. I'll put the original and then an updated version, since his English is old and a little hard to understand. It's from "The Ballad of East and West," by Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936). … [Read more...] about (Letter) East is East and West is West… will they ever meet? (a famous poem)
Mainlanders often feel exasperated by constant Western criticism, as if no matter what China does and no matter how much China accomplishes, it's never good enough in the eyes of Western nations. The poem "Chinese Grievances" (aka "What do you want from us?") expresses this feeling well. I think what's shared below will help us better understand this problem. … [Read more...] about (Letter) Where does China fit in the West's understanding of the world?