The Donglin Academy in Wuxi. The Donglin Academy in Wuxi.
The Donglin Academy in Wuxi.
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

How the Ming dynasty’s powerful eunuchs killed an ideological Confucianist movement

The Donglin Academy started as a school in Wuxi and went on to become a movement that aimed to change society through education, until the school was forced to close in the 1620s

The Donglin Academy in Wuxi. The Donglin Academy in Wuxi.
The Donglin Academy in Wuxi.
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.