Chinese Philosophy

Daring to keep it real in PR

Contrary to what some might think about public relations (PR) executives, Clara Shek has never been one to sugarcoat or gloss over things.

Saturday, 7 July, 2012, 12:00am

The I Ching: A Biography

The I Ching: A Biography by Richard J. Smith Princeton University Press

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Believer in classics for the young

In 2003, Meng Danmei started an old-fashioned private school that focused on reading and studying classic works of literature. Established in Shenzhen, the school - called a sishu - is Meng's answer to what she and other like-minded people believe is a problem with education on the mainland.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Worldly wisdom

Last week, four of Hong Kong's universities were ranked by Times Higher Education among the world's top 50 young universities (under the age of 50), affirming once again Hong Kong's status as a higher education hub.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

When truth is in the balance

In the Dr and Mrs Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine at Baptist University, there is a wall displaying the faces and quotations of famous scholars of Chinese medicine.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A new age for the sage

Although he has been revered through the centuries in China as a great sage and teacher, Confucius has also ruffled some feathers. Leading reformers in the late Qing dynasty, including Liang Qichao, labelled him the 'scurrilous thief of freedom of thought and expression'. Even today, many view Confucianism as a tool of autocracy that impedes free and independent learning.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

We should strive to be ourselves

Recently, I read a book about the need to be yourself. Yet I have to admit I don't find it easy.

We also behave differently towards different people.

We often get along with our family without pretence. They can accept us the way we are. However, with friends, we may become more careful so as not to appear in a bad light in front of them.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Naoto Inti Raymi, singer-songwriter

What I'm listening to: mainly some CDs I bought while travelling in Morocco and New Caledonia. The rhythms and arrangements from these countries are very different to those we have in Asia. Since I've been listening to them, I've been trying to fuse them into my music.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Plagiarism claims hound 'running dogs' professor

Peking University professor Kong Qingdong, who hit the headlines recently for calling Hongkongers 'running dogs', has been accused by a scholar of plagiarising a book he wrote 17 years ago.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Journalist tells of 1,000-day ordeal

When Ching Cheong was a pupil at the elite St Paul's College four decades ago, he made a name for himself as a bit of a troublemaker - not for bad conduct, but for his uncompromising outspokenness.

A head prefect, he refused to read the daily Bible passage for assembly because he was an atheist.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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.

10 Feb 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