Chinese Philosophy

Confucian confusion a blow to women

The irony is notable. Beijing is establishing Confucius institutes around the world and Hong Kong has contemplated instituting a Confucius Day holiday.

Sunday, 17 January, 2010, 12:00am

Solitary mister

Su Tong still remembers the Little Red Book he clutched in his hand on his first day of school in 1969. It was the Cultural Revolution, and the six-year-old who would go on to become one of the mainland's best-known authors was excited about starting Qimen Primary in Suzhou. Yet school was a disappointment. 'There were 30 to 40 children in the class.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Thursday Thinktank

1 Swine flu vaccination rate drops to new low ... the jab not only hurts like hell but it might make you sick - yeah, sign me up

2 Confucius public holiday considered ... instead of Easter eggs, children will be encouraged to look for hidden philosophical teachings

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Legislators vote down Confucius holiday

Religious leaders may have said 'yes' to making Confucius' birthday a public holiday, but some lawmakers think otherwise.

Legislators voted down a motion yesterday that proposed establishing a Confucius Day.

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

'Growing interest' in ancient Chinese arts

Be it problems in the workplace or relationship woes, an increasing number of people are turning to fung shui and Taoist rituals in an effort to improve their lot, say masters of these ancient Chinese arts.

And they are not doing it as a business, but are learning these ancient rituals and practices for self-improvement or as a hobby, fung shui masters say.

5 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Stars in their eyes

The pursuit of fame has made many teenagers give up their studies to join the modelling and entertainment industries. But is fame more important than studies? I think studies should be teenagers' priority.

Young people need to acquire knowledge, which is ever-lasting. Fame is temporary. Students have more time to pursue their hobbies and develop their potential.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Three in one

The Chinese approach to religion is best summed up in the saying, 'three religions, one religion', whereby Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism co-exist.

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

The Cultural Revolution scarred many people emotionally and, often, physically - but for United States-based Yin Mei, the ugly reality of her childhood nurtured some of the most beautiful dreams, which eventually transformed her from a fighter into a dancer.

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


Professionals should act ethically

Recently, there were some shocking reports of professional misconduct: a doctor touched a teenage patient inappropriately, a teacher assaulted a student and an accountant took advantage of an adolescent girl.

15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Let's put an end to corruption

Recent statistics have shown that corruption is on the rise in Hong Kong. I think the reason for this is our society is too materialistic and lacks moral education.

Everybody should share some responsibility.

First of all, television channels should not let the prime-time advertising be dominated by luxury goods.

10 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Go with the flow

The word 'tao' means 'way', which may refer to a path, a way of life or a discipline that is followed closely. It is also a power that transcends any reality conceived by the human mind and is the central force to which all objects and forces return in their cycles of death and rebirth.

6 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Build a pantheon to all great thinkers, not a Confucius temple

I read a Chinese news article titled 'Confucius Temple authorised to be built, with the issue of reimbursement to be negotiated' on November 3 and I have the following comments.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Being human

Fung shui is but one of a number of codes the Chinese have traditionally lived by. Confucianism is another. It is a philosophy concerning human relationships and conduct and is not a religion. It is best described as humanism and is primarily concerned with social interaction rather than the divine or spiritual afterlife.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

For providing good luck, landlord gets a new lease of life

Most Hongkongers have a relationship with their landlord that can be described as diplomatic at best. Often, one is trying to accuse the other of ripping them off or arguing about rent rates and payments. Not singer Joyce Lee Lok-sze.

23 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Confucian virtues on parade for festival

Thousands of villagers crammed into the dusty, gravelled car park outside their local market, chattering and using umbrellas to shade themselves from the autumn sunshine.

They pressed to the front and stood on plastic stools or chairs to see over the crowd, often balanced in a precarious embrace, two to a seat.

27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am