Japanese Buddhist monk Kukai travels to China in 804. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

From social media to soft power, the benefits of cultural and intellectual exchange

  • The internet has made it easier than ever to find a platform for intellectual exchange
  • More than a millennium ago, China and Japan understood the importance of learning from other cultures

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Japanese Buddhist monk Kukai travels to China in 804. Photo: Alamy
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An estimated 10,000 medical workers gather in solidarity with Hongkongers, in Central, in August. Photo: Edmond So
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Why Hong Kong’s protesters do not want to ‘cut the reed mat’ – they believe they are stronger together

  • ‘Cutting the reed mat’ comes from an ancient Chinese tale of two friends falling out
  • The phrase has been adopted by those in the anti-government camp, urging solidarity regardless of conscience

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An estimated 10,000 medical workers gather in solidarity with Hongkongers, in Central, in August. Photo: Edmond So
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