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Book Review: Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010, Adam D. Frank 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Book Review: Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010, Adam D. Frank

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

On first blush, one would think that reviewing Nick Land’s Shanghai World Expo Guidebook 2010 would be an exercise akin to reviewing a movie poster for Avatar—a kind of 2-D portrait of a 3-D experience.


Bill And Warren’S Excellent (Chinese) Adventure, Caroline Reeves 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Bill And Warren’S Excellent (Chinese) Adventure, Caroline Reeves

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are throwing a charity banquet in Beijing. On September 29th, the two American tycoons will host a dinner for China’s wealthiest magnates to convince them to give their monies away to charity. This event has caused a stir in the Chinese world. Everyone from movie stars to industry moguls is involved. Doonesbury is talking about it. Some billionaires have publicly declined to dine with the dynamic duo, wondering aloud if the event was planned to publicly part them from their new fortunes. Their response has called into question China’s “charitable impulse” and given ...


A Bitter Pill For Prime Minister Kan, James Farrer 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Bitter Pill For Prime Minister Kan, James Farrer

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

It was a bitter pill for the Democratic Party of Japan, no matter how they swallowed it. By releasing a Chinese fishing boat captain detained by Japan without a trial, Prime Minster Kan Naoto was clearly bowing under Chinese pressure. The captain had been arrested by the Japanese coast guard for allegedly ramming his boat into Japanese coast guard vessels while in territorial waters claimed both by China and Japan. The Japanese government appeared to buckle and released the captain to China on Saturday. According to an unnamed official in the prime minister’s office quoted in the Asahi Shinbun ...


Anhui’S Barefoot Aids Doctors, Annie Ye Ren 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Anhui’S Barefoot Aids Doctors, Annie Ye Ren

The China Beat Blog Archive 2008-2012

For the past four years, I have periodically worked with a Chinese grassroots HIV/AIDS non-governmental organization (NGO) that serves children in Fuyang Prefecture, Anhui Province. The Fuyang AIDS Orphan Salvation Association (AOS)gives aid directly to local communities, addressing local needs that are often overlooked or underfunded by large-scale government projects.


From Traditional To Today: Revelation From Chinese Gardendesign, Bo Yang, N J. Volkman 2010 Utah State University

From Traditional To Today: Revelation From Chinese Gardendesign, Bo Yang, N J. Volkman

Bo Yang

China, like many other nations, struggled in the twentieth century with defining an indigenous landscape design tradition. This was particularly true in addressing urban open space design after China implemented the Open Door Policy in the late 1970s, when Chinese garden design traditions became largely neglected. The objective of this study is to determine whether the traditional design approach could still effectively serve as modern design inspiration. Built upon a previous study by Wu (1999), our study is a reflective critique on modern Chinese urban public space design. We compare major types of traditional and modern Chinese urban open spaces ...


The Historical Value Of The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The Historical Value Of The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

The Spring and Autumn period (late 08th to early 05th centuries) is of interest in its own right, and for Chinese historiography in general. I here argue that the Chun/Chyou (CC) or “Spring and Autumn” text, ostensibly a Lu court chronicle, is the best, and the only primary, source for the period.1 I also dispute the competing claim of the Dzwo Jwan (DJ), which some view as a fuller, and a more accurate, account of the Spring and Autumn centuries.2


Defeat In The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks, E. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Defeat In The Chun/Chyou, A. Brooks, E. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

We here consider how victory and defeat are treated in the Chun/Chyou. We find that the Lu court of Spring and Autumn times viewed military operations not in a chivalric or moralizing way, like characters in Dzwo Jwan (DJ) narratives of Spring and Autumn events, but in a cold-eyed military advantage way.


Military Capacity In Spring And Autumn, A. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Military Capacity In Spring And Autumn, A. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

It has been said that the states of Spring and Autumn (0770-0479) deployed large armies, drawn in part from the general populace.1 But our only contemporary source, the Lu chronicle Chun/Chyou (CC), implies a more limited situation: small elite chariot forces, few battles,2 and tactical frugality. The size of these forces did increase over the period,3 but no major state was destroyed by them. I here review the major features of the military system of the time, noting the limits on what it could achieve – limits that were surpassed only by reorganizing the state itself, a ...


Re-Dating The Sources, A. Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Re-Dating The Sources, A. Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

The sources for history are basic to history, and an accurate idea of the chronology of the sources is basic to the task of understanding the sources themselves historically. We cannot effectively investigate the history of China’s formative Warring States or classical period without knowing which of these texts are earlier and which are later. I here describe a systematic attempt to reach a better understanding of Warring States text chronology. But before saying how we have approached the chronology problem, I should first say why we think there is a problem – a problem that has not been solved ...


Evolution Of Ba "Hegemon" Theory, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Evolution Of Ba "Hegemon" Theory, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

Everyone knows that the ba institution, the Jou Kings’ delegation of power to a series of strong vassals, was important in Spring and Autumn China.1 Unfortunately for this consensus, the Chun/Chyou (CC), our primary source, does not mention the ba institution. The later Dzwo Jwan (DJ) does mention it, and uses three different terms for it: mv ng-ju, [hou]-bwo, and ba! . None of these terms appears in the CC. I find that the three DJ terms reflect three stages in the evolution of the ba theory, and that the theory is not an 07th century historical fact ...


Enfiefment Renewal In Lu, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Enfiefment Renewal In Lu, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

Three times in the Chun/Chyou chronicle, the Jou King confers a mandate (ming ) on a Lu ruler. The details of these incidents shed light on the nature of Jou enfiefment, as it persisted after the loss of Jou military power in 0771.


Mwodz 17-19 "Against War", A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Mwodz 17-19 "Against War", A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

The MZ 17-19 essays expound a well-known and characteristic tenet of Micianism. They share with MZ 14-16 the fact that each essay is twice the length of the preceding (successively 425, 1,172, and 2,016 words).1 As a supplement to my previous studies,2 I here consider the structure and rhetorical strategy of each essay, to show that (1) each is complete in itself, in further refutation of the fragment theory, and that (2) the series is developmental, in further refutation of the idea that they are parallel but geographically separate versions of the same thing.3


Review Of The Books Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1: How Not To Forget The Meaning And Writing Of Chinese Characters & Remembering Traditional Hanzi 1: How Not To Forget The Meaning And Writing Of Chinese Characters, By J. Heisig & T. W. Richardson), Li Jin 2009 Department of Modern Languages

Review Of The Books Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1: How Not To Forget The Meaning And Writing Of Chinese Characters & Remembering Traditional Hanzi 1: How Not To Forget The Meaning And Writing Of Chinese Characters, By J. Heisig & T. W. Richardson), Li Jin

Li Jin

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Mwodz 14-16 "Universal Love", A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Mwodz 14-16 "Universal Love", A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

I here examine the Mwodz Jyen Ai or “Universal Love” triplet. As with MZ 17-19, I wish to ask whether they may be regarded as a developmental series, rather than (as Graham claims)1 a group of variants, and to consider their specifics in more detail than was possible in my paper on the Mician ethical chapters.2


The Fragment Theory Of Mz 14, 17 And 20, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The Fragment Theory Of Mz 14, 17 And 20, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

A C Graham has suggested that the three shortest ethical triplet chapters, those which do not begin with the standard opening formula “Our Master Mwodz says”, are not chapters, but fragments or summaries of other chapters; specifically, that MZ 17 (now titled “AgainstWar”) is “a fragment from the lost ending of chapter 26” (“Will of Heaven”), and that MZ 14 and 20 are “complete summaries of the Mohist doctrines of universal love and thrift in expenditures without illustrative quotations or answers to objections and almost without close parallelisms with chapters in the same triad.” 1 I have previously argued that ...


The League Of The North, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The League Of The North, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

Among the 104 “covenants” (mvng ) in the Chun/Chyou (CC) chronicle, what distinguishes the 16 tung-mvng (Legge “covenanted together”)? The commentaries give no convincing answer.1 But there must have been some feature that made these covenants different for those entering into them. On considering the political context, I find that the tung-mvng covenants were a sort of collective security agreement, meant to enforce solidarity among the northern states against the military threat from southern and non-Sinitic Chu. I also note that this north/south polarity virtually defines the middle period of Spring and Autumn.


Defeat In The Chun/Chyou, A. Taeko Brooks, E. Bruce Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Defeat In The Chun/Chyou, A. Taeko Brooks, E. Bruce Brooks

E. Bruce Brooks

We here consider how victory and defeat are treated in the Chun/Chyou. We find that the Lu court of Spring and Autumn times viewed military operations not in a chivalric or moralizing way, like characters in Dzwo Jwan (DJ) narratives of Spring and Autumn events, but in a cold-eyed military advantage way.


Distancing Ji In The Chun/Chyou, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Distancing Ji In The Chun/Chyou, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

Ji in the Chun/Chyou (CC) can be a verb “overtake, go as far as” or a coverb linking one noun with another noun. The Gungyang Jwan (GYJ) and Gulyang Jwan (GLJ)1 commentaries ascribe to coverb ji the meaning “and” or a nuance of secondary involvement (lei).2 Legge (Ch’un 5) calls the latter meaning “recondite;” Dobson, Schuessler, and Wang Li do not mention it. I find that ji is a secondary, specifically a distancing, “and.”3 I ascribe that nuance, when present, not to any retrospective Confucian “praise and blame” coding in the CC, a theory still ...


The Mician Ethical Chapters, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The Mician Ethical Chapters, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

The Mwo (MZ) consists of 71 numbered units, conventionally called chapters. The first 39 of these are on ethical or other doctrinal topics. Of them, 30 (MZ 8-37) are grouped in ten sets of three, which I will call triplets, each set having a collective title; 2 (MZ 38-39) form a duplet, also with a collective title; the other 7 (MZ 1-7) are individually titled singlets. Stylistic inconsistencies occur among and within triplets, in a pattern which suggests evolution over time. I here propose an order of composition of the triplets from this internal evidence, and extend that argument to ...


The Lu Lore Tradition, A. Taeko Brooks 2009 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The Lu Lore Tradition, A. Taeko Brooks

A. Taeko Brooks

I here define an information transmission mode, distinct from both the orally transmitted and the written text, and demonstrate its variability over time. “Confucius” in Analects (LY) 5:15-24 comments on several figures from his own and earlier times. I see these figures as part of an 05c Lu elite lore tradition. By “lore tradition” I mean a body of information having no fixed textual form, either written or oral, propagated by contact within a group. I will study the stability of this tradition by considering it at three points: (1) the Chun/Chyou (CC) chronicle (0721-0479), (2) the LY ...


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