Chinese Philosophy

Putting the 'ha' back in Putonghua

What do a German, the Obscene Articles Tribunal and the average Chinese person have in common? They all lack a sense of humour apparently.

Saturday, 9 June, 2007, 12:00am

Learn to say no and stick to your timetable

Do you find it hard to say no when your friends ask you out but you know you should be studying?

Do you find it hard to turn off the computer or telephone when you should be studying?

You need to set some boundaries.

We teach people how to treat us. There is a saying: 'Don't make yourself a mouse, or the cat will eat you.'

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

In your element

Chinese medicine and fung shui have common ground: for example, the concept of yin and yang, and the interaction of the five elements (water, wood, fire, metal and earth). Each of the eight cardinal and inter-cardinal sectors within the home corresponds to one of the elements and therefore various parts of the body.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

More women fill top posts, but still wield little authority

More Chinese women may be gaining promotions in all levels of government, according to numbers touted by mainland authorities yesterday, but that does not necessarily reflect greater decision-making power, according to a researcher.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am

The Great Transformation - The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah

The Great Transformation - The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah

by Karen Armstrong

Atlantic Books, HK$165

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Online market worth 300m yuan - and growing

The mainland fad for online novels has opened up a huge new market for literature websites, industry insiders say.

Luo Li , director of publications at, says the annual market for original online Chinese fantasy novels is estimated at about 300 million yuan, with the market growing every day.

5 May 2007 - 12:00am

Rebirth of Taoism fills spiritual void in rush to consumerism

Ancient faith has more support from a government than in centuries

The core concept of the Daodejing, the founding canon of Taoism by Chinese philosopher Lao Zi , is arguably the suggestion that doing nothing is the most effective action.

30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing endorses HK campaign for Confucian holiday

A senior state official in charge of religious affairs yesterday indicated Beijing's first public support for a plan in Hong Kong to make Confucius' birthday a public holiday, saying the long-standing demand by Confucians should be realised as 'a natural development'.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Confucius goes mod

After teaching undergraduate students for a few semesters, I have realised that the greatest paradox for educators today is the trade-off between being an adaptive and a principled teacher.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


Welcome to our 11-part weekly series: VIP - Very Important People in history. There are many fascinating people that have shaped our world of today. Society is always growing and evolving, due mostly to the contributions of certain bright individuals. Amazing people are contributing right now to our lives in many ways. Will you also leave an 'indelible mark' on the world?

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

40,000 Taoists plan to set reading record

More than 40,000 followers of Taoism from Hong Kong, the mainland and overseas will try to set a world record next weekend with a mass reading of the religion's founding text.

15 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Confucian quote open to interpretation

Confucius' words of wisdom are often cited by elders in Chinese society to expound on the virtues of an ideal man and how an individual should live and interact with society.

10 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


Name: David Yuen Wai-leung

Age: 21

Course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese

School: Lingnan University

Year of study: Year Three

Duration of programme: Three years

Young Post: What courses have you studied?

15 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Vidal declares China's ascension over US

The baton of world leadership had passed from the United States to China, iconic American writer Gore Vidal told a packed house at the University of Hong Kong last night in an address that also attacked the Bush administration for domestic and foreign policy failings.

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Ties that blind

IT BEGAN AS a genteel chat about literature between German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Wolfgang Kubin, a professor of Chinese in Bonn. The kind of thing that might appeal to a handful of specialists.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am