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Chinese Philosophy

Confucius quotes mooted for banknotes

Maverick mainland philanthropist Chen Guangbiao is back in the headlines after proposing that public morale could be improved by the introduction of new banknotes bearing famous quotes from ancient philosophers such as Confucius.

Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am

Oldest Confucian classic is fake in parts

A book that is supposedly the oldest Confucian classic, Shang Shu (Book of Historical Documents), has been declared a fake in parts by a Tsinghua University professor.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Writers' block

China often claims it is misunderstood, or at least is less well- understood than it would wish. China may well be right, but mutual understanding rarely improves by fiat or admonition.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fiction's great leap forward

A population drugged by a brutal regime into losing their memories of a bloody government crackdown. A village decimated by a mysterious 'fever'. A Chinese Christmas tale of a retired schoolteacher who mourns the death of his daughter while pimping young girls to a seedy brothel for a quick buck.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Confusion Prize hits another low

The controversy surrounding the Confucius Peace Prize continued yesterday when two of four women chosen to accept it on behalf of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin turned out to be from another former Soviet state - Belarus.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A new age for the sage

Standing ramrod straight during assembly, pupils at Catiline Kindergarten in Whampoa recite verses from the Three Character Classic, the 13th century children's guide attributed to Confucian scholar Wang Yinglin. It's par for the course at Catiline, where Confucius' teachings are fundamental to its approach to education.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The man and the myths

A thinker and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period (he is thought to have lived from 551BC to 479BC), Confucius is associated with values such family loyalty, children's respect for their elders, social justice and the moral uprightness of the individual and of government.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

How to navigate the learning curve

'Learning for life, learning through life' is a much-touted slogan that accompanied Hong Kong's education reform launched in 2000 to cultivate talent for the 21st century. A decade later, local students are certainly exposed to diverse learning opportunities.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

New look at an old way of thinking

Talk about ancient Chinese thought! New Age followers and serious thinkers alike find guidance and inspiration in its millennial insights. No less an authority than Yan Xuetong , the great mainland politics scholar and dean of Tsinghua University's Institute of Modern International Relations, has vouched for its authenticity and originality.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Romantic, patriot, or just a prize fool?

When the Confucius Peace Prize was announced shortly after the dissident Liu Xiaobo won last year's Nobel Peace Prize, many queried the background of the mysterious award.

It even became the subject of ridicule when a young girl received the award on behalf of the honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, who said he knew nothing about the award.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am