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Interview: Stephanie Hunt from Swan Noir

Interview: Stephanie Hunt from Swan Noir

We feature interviews with inspiring people who somehow have something to do with China/Chinese. Today we present our first interview with Stephanie Hunt, founder of Swan Noir. Name: Stephanie Hunt About you: Nihao! My name is Stephanie Hunt, I live in New York City. I love to travel and learn interesting things about different cultures. I enjoy the Sunday New […]

Middle Kingdom: Q&A with Wu Ping

What province do China’s best athletes come from? In China, almost every province has its own top sports. For example, there are many first-class badminton players in Hunan Province, and Hebei Province is famous for shooting. However, among all the provinces Liaoning Province has contributed most to the miraculous performance of Chinese elite athletes in the Olympic arena. Among the […]

An Interview with Jasna Reed

Jasna Reed is one of the top female table tennis players in North America. In 1988 and 1992 she played for the Yugoslavian Olympic team, in 1988 winning a bronze medal in women’s doubles. In 2000 and 2004 she played for the U.S. Olympic Team, and she hopes to compete in Beijing in 2008. She’s a citizen of both the […]

An Interview with Wm. Theodore de Bary

Karen CHRISTENSEN I visited de Bary in his fifth-floor office at Columbia University on a beautiful spring day. His desk was invisible under piles of books and papers: at eighty-six years old, he still teaches two classes and is working on a new edition of Sources of Japanese Tradition. De Bary is the author of some of the most important […]

SAUMA Rabban (Lièbān Sǎomǎ 列班扫马)

Peter C. PERDUE Less well-known than his contemporary Marco Polo, Rabban Sauma was a Christian Uygur monk who traveled in the opposite direction as Polo, from China to western Europe. In France he presented to the king a proposal by the Mongol governor of Baghdad to form a Mongol-Christian alliance to recover Jerusalem from the Muslims. The alliance never materialized. […]

Mozi (Mòzǐ 墨子)

James D. SELLMANN The philosopher Mozi and the school he founded offered a popular alternative to Confucian teachings. Mozi was unique among ancient philosophers in his belief that if an idea has been handed down from the ancient sages but does not benefit the people, it should be rejected. The philosopher Mozi (Master Mo) was born in the state of […]

GU Yanwu (Gù Yánwǔ 顧炎武)

Yamin XU As a founding father of the school of Evidential Inquiry, Gu Yanwu abandoned the approaches of the Song and Ming neo-Confucianists and replaced them with a strong emphasis on scholarly textual criticism favored by Han dynasty scholars. Gu opened the path to a renaissance of studying the ancient Chinese classics, as well as advancing practical studies to deal […]

Dalai Lama (Dálài Lǎma 达赖喇嘛)

Dalai Lama (Dálài Lǎma 达赖喇嘛)

Alex McKAY Tenzin Gyatso (b. 1935), the fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan Buddhists. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan Buddhists. The present Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the fourteenth in a line of succession. He leads a Tibetan government-in-exile in India and is a spokesman for nonviolence and Buddhist […]

Xunzi (Xúnzǐ 荀子)

Xunzi (Xúnzǐ 荀子)

Nirmal DASS Painting of Xunxi, one of the most important Confucian thinkers. A key figure in Chinese philosophy, Xunzi is best known for his critique of Mencius’ concept of the essential goodness of humankind and for moving beyond Confucian ideals. For Xunzi, a rigid hierarchical social structure constrained by tradition, moral education, and threat of punishment is the necessary antidote […]

JIAN Zhen (Jiànzhēn 鉴真)

JIAN Zhen (Jiànzhēn 鉴真)

Nirmal DASS Historical illustration of Buddhist monks at worship, a scene that would have been familiar to Jian Zhen, a monk who traveled to Japan to propagate Buddhism. The school of Buddhism that Jian Zhen followed and preached was the Ritsu rite, which focused on the discipline of monasticism. Jian Zhen, a Buddhist monk who did much to bring Buddhism […]