Eastern Philosophy

The I Ching: A Biography

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

Sunday, 1 July, 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

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

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. It's par for the course at Catiline, where Confucius' teachings are fundamental to its approach to education.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Sage reflections

As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its 90th anniversary, there has been much nostalgia about the good old revolutionary days. Movies about the founding of the party describe how a group of energetic and idealistic youths got together to start a movement that, despite all odds, transformed the nation and shocked the world. In the process, many sacrificed their lives for their beliefs.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (4th cent BC)

I Ching Unknown author

Change is inevitable. It often happens without warning or notice, an unavoidable factor in everyone's life that defies prediction. But the ancient Chinese believed differently: with three simple coins and a single book of 64 answers, one could find true divination.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Balancing acts

As fung shui and Chinese medicine are considered part of Chinese metaphysics, they share certain principles and philosophies. For instance, Chinese medicine focuses on the balance of yin and yang energy within an individual; any imbalance will manifest itself as symptoms of illness.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Why suffering astronaut told the nation he was fine

'I feel fine,' lied Yang Liwei , eyes closed and arms drifting weightlessly.

It was 9.31am on October 15, 2003. Yang had just become China's first astronaut, and ground control was asking him how he felt.

His positive response brought enormous joy and relief to hundreds of millions of people holding their breath in front of television sets around the country.

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Legends of Luxury

Museum of History Until May 3

An exhibition of artefacts from the famous Han tombs at Mawangdui that toured the United States last year is finally here, courtesy of the Hunan Provincial Museum.

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Students net Nasa prizes

Two Hong Kong secondary school students shone in the 2009 Nasa Space Settlement Contest, winning first place awards in the international competition.

This year, the annual competition attracted entries from all over the world, including, India, the United States, Canada, and Thailand.

29 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Heavy metal

Metal objects are commonly recommended by fung shui masters as they are used to reduce the negative earth energies associated with illness and accidents. In the cycle of production, metal is formed from earth, thereby reducing its power.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Past times

Acentury of revolution, followed by reform and finally economic miracles, has left many mainland Chinese unsure about their cultural identity. Yu Dan has the remedy.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

We can learn a lot through songs

Most Hong Kong teenagers prefer Canto-pop songs. I think they should listen to different kinds of music to broaden their horizons.

I enjoyed a famous Mongolian song on China 21, a programme on Discovery Channel.

It's called The Sun, the Moon and the Stars and is very popular in Beijing and other major cities on the mainland.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Fake rocker wants to support real bands

Actor Terence Yin Chi-wai (pictured) commenting on changing faux band Alive's website to a music resource link for local musicians:

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Making history hip

The mainland's latest media sensations appear unlikely stars at first glance.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am