Tagged: China

Illustration of scene from 'The Painted Skin' in 'Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio' 0

Translating Chinese Works (2): Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio

On 17th August 2017, The Economist published a commentary on China’s recent revival of its traditional culture, a trend enthusiastically sponsored by the government. Alongside schemes and events such as calligraphy summer schools, this is also leading to the greater promotion of research into the translation of Chinese literature. As...

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Dream of the Red Chamber: Translating Chinese Literature

From the 1950s to the 1970s, many translation projects of Chinese works were supported by the authority of mainland China. Translators and western experts were invited to join these projects. Among them was a very well-known translator: Yang Xianyi (杨宪益). Over the course of his career, Yang contributed more than...

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Chinese Empresses in the USA

While Twilight and Gossip Girl have become increasingly popular in China, a well-known Chinese TV drama, Empresses in the Palace (后宫·甄嬛传), was also introduced to American audiences this past March. The show was made available exclusively on Netflix, but the low ratings that followed were a shock: it received a...

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The Art of In-betweenness (间)

As I said in another post on the Ming exhibition at the British Museum, it is not surprising that misinterpretations of ancient Chinese culture and inventions sometimes occur. This is not due to inadequate knowledge, but mostly due to the positionality of the viewer. One is prone to see what...

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Nothing Beyond Mind (心外无物) and Knowledge as Action (知行合一): Wang Yangming (王阳明), the Greatest Chinese Idealist Philosopher and Strategist (I)

Any mention of idealism in philosophy will probably bring to mind names like Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. However, in China’s Ming dynasty, there was a very important Chinese Idealist philosopher who is much less well-known in the West, yet was the founder of idealism in ancient China and was canonized...

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Ming: A Powerful Dynasty on Display

Did you ever notice the special exhibition last year in the British Museum – ‘Ming, 50 years that changed China’? Do you know the Ming dynasty and its history? As the introduction of the exhibition stated, “the fifty years between 1400 and 1450 saw China’s Ming dynasty establish Beijing as...