Chinese Philosophy

Sage reflections

As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its 90th anniversary, there has been much nostalgia about the good old revolutionary days.

Tuesday, 26 July, 2011, 12:00am

Is Confucianism the answer?

In January, a large bronze statue of Confucius was erected overnight in Tiananmen Square, facing Mao Zedong's giant portrait.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The technical aspects of good teams

Charles Pellerin knows a thing or two about running successful technical teams. As director of astrophysics at US space agency Nasa in the United States he was in charge of more than 5,000 people, and had an annual budget of US$750 million. He served in that position for a decade, during which he helped launch 12 satellites.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Relativity theory lost on Confucius

Physics and philosophy are not unrelated fields and, in fact, can be complementary. Relativity, quantum theory, electromagnetism, waves and infinity are not the easiest of concepts for the uninitiated to grasp, which is where philosophical thinking can come in handy. It helps to understand the world better and to develop skills in argument and reasoning.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Promotion of Confucius leads to confusion in Shanghai

The wielding of 'soft power' with the mainland's promotion of Confucius and his philosophy abroad has sometimes resulted in a heavy-handed approach by mainland officials.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Journey to the West for China's authors

Chinese fiction and its writers have finally gained their rightful place in the world of English-language literature.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Freeman Lau takes inspiration from the elements in his latest design

Freeman Lau Siu-hong, who went from humble graphic designer to award-winning visionary who shapes corporate identities - most notably the award-winning Watsons Water bottle design in 2002 - has teamed with Malaysian pewter manufacturer and retailer Royal Selangor.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Star power

You may have heard about the flying stars that migrate from one sector to another each year. This is one of the principal theories of the Flying Stars school of fung shui, which is popular in Hong Kong.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Diaspora diaries

Michelle Chuang Mei-lien has reason to be excited: she's about to produce a Chinese pop-rock album, perhaps the first of its kind to be made in the French capital.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Confucianism by Ronnie Littlejohn I.B. Tauris, HK$205

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Church riles Confucius' offspring

Hundreds of scholars and Confucianists are fighting against a government-sanctioned plan to build a super-sized Gothic-style church in Qufu, Shandong - the birthplace of Confucius - arguing that it was not only an insult to the great sage, but also could threaten his status in China.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese characters top student survey of cultural symbols

Chinese characters are China's top cultural symbol, according to the results of a poll of about 2,000 university students, mainland media reported yesterday.

A joint research group led by professors from Beijing Normal University asked undergraduates at 24 universities in 18 provinces, cities or municipalities to choose their top 20 Chinese cultural symbols from a list of 270.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Apathy at home Liu's 'worst enemy'

Liu Xiaobo famously wrote: 'I have no enemies', in a statement intended to be read out during his trial.

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Julian Assange and the Confucius Prize were made for each other

China gave the Confucius Peace Prize to the wrong person. This was pointed out to me by several astute readers.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Poet Dongpo

Poet Dongpo Hong Kong Dance Company HK Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Reviewed: Dec 3

Choreographed by Leung Kwok-shing, this new full-length work for the Hong Kong Dance Company pays tribute to renowned Song dynasty poet Su Shi, better known as Master Dongpo.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am