Chinese Philosophy

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.

Sunday, 4 December, 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

Putin named winner of Confucius Peace Prize

The controversial Confucius Peace Prize - banned by the mainland authorities in September - has made a comeback through a Hong Kong-registered company.

The organiser said this year's award went to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and an award ceremony will be held on December 9 in Beijing, according to poet Qiao Damo, one of the founders of the prize.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


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14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hey teacher, leave those kids alone

Whether by design or coincidence, the nanny state has been busy in the wake of national soul-searching over a decline in traditional standards of social morality.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Believers whose Taoism is a profession of faith

It is usually taboo to ask a Taoist priest's age, but Master Gao Mingjian says without hesitation that he is 40.

'I became a monk 10 years ago because I was fascinated with Taoism,' he said, explaining that he abandoned his secular farmer's life and went to Lao Mountain in Qingdao, Shandong province, where he met his future master.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ancient teachings help fill vacuum

China's astonishing progress in recent decades has largely been due to a shift away from ideology to policies focused on economic development. Millions have been lifted out of poverty and many have become wealthy. But this achievement has come at a cost. The environment has suffered, prompting efforts to make the country's growth more sustainable.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Morality campaign aims to create 'dutiful children'

The state-sanctioned China National Association for Ethical Studies has launched a five-year campaign to cultivate one million 'dutiful children' in a new morality drive that has been met with scepticism.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Supreme Taiji can arrive on time

Horses which miss the start and horses drawn in the outside barrier are not usually a recipe for success at Happy Valley, but the chemistry of both of those factors might help Supreme Taiji upset the favourites in a tricky Hong Kong Squash 50th Anniversary Cup (1,000m) today.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

George Clooney speaks to investors' group in HK

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

In the footsteps of an old sage

A group of students in a local secondary school stand as they dutifully recite the familiar words: 'The Master said: 'It is a pleasant experience to apply what you have learned, isn't it?'.'

Every Hong Kong student is familiar with such Confucian texts from their Chinese lessons.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Much of what was taught by Confucius is still relevant in our modern world

I refer to the report ('Is Confucianism the answer?' July 20).

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am