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Is Serpentza Anti-China Now?

June 17, 2019

A white South-African Youtuber known by his moniker ‘Serpentza’ has claimed the crown of China vloggers. He has over half a million subscribers and 87 million video views. Yet, many are worrying about his anti-China […]

Steve Bannon And His Copy Of ‘Unrestricted Warfare’

May 24, 2019

It’s getting comical. If ultra-right-wing and uber-populist Steve Bannon recommends a book on Chinese unrestricted warfare, you better listen up. Conveniently, the book is entitled ‘Unrestricted Warfare’, written by two Chinese army generals in 1999. […]

US Unfair Treatment Of Huawei

May 17, 2019

US drops its pants over China’s Huawei dispute. What do you want to prove here, America? The USA don’t like competitors very much, especially not in the 5G mobile communication technology sector. So it smears, […]

10 Things That Actually Suck In Japan

May 9, 2019

This is not your usual list. We all have heard what’s “cool” in Japan. There is even Shinzo Abe’s governmental initiative: “Cool Japan.” It’s sushi, sakura, sumo, anime, manga, shinkansen, cosplay and the other usual […]

A Letter To Faculty

April 19, 2019

Hello Mr. Dundas! Greetings and best wishes from China! As you know, after the exchange year at Fudan University in Shanghai, and after having barely survived it (it is always about money matters), the same […]

12 Years in China

April 19, 2019

IT’S been a full zodiac circle. Twelve years ago in the Year of the Sheep 2003, I landed in China and I must confess that I knew nothing about the Chinese zodiac. In my country, […]

Sima Qian and the Shiji

April 19, 2019

Hannah Arendt (1968) argued on the intrinsic connection between pastness and the concept of authority in the Roman world. The authority of the living was derivative, depending upon the authority of the founders who no […]

Mao Zedong in Yenan

April 19, 2019

The phrase “The Yenan Way” has been used by Seldon (1971) to summarize the collectively military, political, social and economic experiments of revolutionary China during the “Yenan Period”. The “Yenan Period” refers to the revolutionary […]

Ling Mengchu and Feng Menglong

April 19, 2019

Ling Mengchu 凌濛初 (1580-1644) and Feng Menglong 馮夢龍 (1574-1645) were both poets, play-writers and short-story writers during the Ming Dynasty. Their vernacular stories, for the most part, are moral tales that deal with the social […]

Yan Jidao and Ci-Poetry

April 19, 2019

Yan Jidao (宴几道) [1084-1151] was an important poet of the Song dynasty (宋朝) [c. 960-1279]. A contemporary of Su Shi (苏轼) [991-1055], little is known about Yan’s life. However, as the youngest son of Yan […]

Hu Shi and the May 4th Movement

April 19, 2019

Hu Shi (胡适) [1891-1962] regarded the May Fourth Movement as a patriotic movement of the students and emphasized the significance of its cultural rather than its social and political activities. While Sun Yat-sen rated the […]

Zhu Xi on the Daxue

April 19, 2019

Zhu Xi (1130-1200), according to the records, spent several years on his interpretation and commentaries on the Da Xue. Although a neo-Confucianist, his philosophy was deeply influenced by Daoism and Buddhism. In his analysis of the first part […]

Liu E’s Travels of Lao Can

April 19, 2019

Near the end of the Manchu Dynasty (Late Qing, 1902-1909) a number of social novels were written, modeled more or less after the fashion of The Scholars (儒林外史, Ru Lin Wai Shi), a realistic or […]

On Chinese Nationalism: Ji Xianlin

April 18, 2019

As far as the East-West dichotomy is concerned, little is known to Western scholars about Ji Xianlin. I wonder why. He is brilliant. In his essay ‘Forward to The Selected Books of Oriental Cultures’, written […]

Lu Xun vs. Friedrich Nietzsche

April 17, 2019

When Zhou Shuren, alias Lu Xun, delivered his manuscript ‘Diary of a Madman’ to the New Youth magazine in 1918 he explained it later as ‘an attempt to reform his people’s nature’. To understand Lu […]

OUT NOW! Chinese Stuff

March 24, 2019

CHINESE STUFF - ESSAYS 2003 - 2004 From the star-celebrated author of Shengren, Inside Peking University, and the East-West Dichotomy comes yet another controversial manuscript diary during his life and study at Fudan University in […]

REAL Space Exploration began with China

January 6, 2019

Flying to the Far side of the Moon with an unmanned aircraft carrying animals and plants will be considered the beginning of space exploration. We know it because all liberal media in the West issued […]

SPIEGEL goes over the top with China fear-mongering

December 30, 2018

The SPIEGEL, Germany’s crap news, starts off 2019 with a hateful cover story: “Knife to the throat,” “America’s nightmare” and “menacing.” The propaganda war is almost unbearable. No, China is not a nightmare. No, there […]

New Book: Hanxue Wenti - The Problem of Sinology

September 23, 2018

NEW BOOK: The Problem of Sinology - Hanxue Wenti Abstract: Chinese culture in the past had little soft power. That’s because powerful Western interest groups –colonialists– translated China into the West. When Dr. Pattberg hellshelled […]

What is spiritual superiority?

September 17, 2018

This really is the tragedy of all defeated people. Lu Xun, China’s greatest novelist, exposed the delusions of his countrymen in his essays ‘Ah Q’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’. These stories are a lesson […]

Why we are so weak!

September 8, 2018

Science is inherently non-ethical –there is neither good nor bad, or so they say. Nature certainly has no morality. Laws are human fabrications; let’s not pretend they are God-given. All ethical prescriptions are but pretensions, […]

Why to be cautious of moral teachings?

September 8, 2018

To be safe, if any group, cooperation, or self-proclaimed humanist approaches us with ‘universal laws’, bad things are about to happen to people and you may want to run for your life. There has yet […]

What about Human Rights?

September 8, 2018

In fact, ‘human rights’ were invented by accident in Europe (and nowhere else in the world); they are man-made and culture-based: That’s why it’s so hard to force other civilizations to comply. Any dominant civilization […]

Why society is so corrupt!

September 8, 2018

Hedonism, promiscuity, obscenity, egoism, and all money crimes are no longer immoral in America; on the contrary, the excesses of humanity are celebrated and hero-worshiped. Stars are expected to live in a style 99% of […]

Why evil people succeed!

September 8, 2018

In world history, the most ruthless, rapacious, fearless and corrupt personalities were also the most successful –conquerors, emperors, dictators, and spiritual leaders, and, recently, the CEOs and bankers. Weak people suck the tittynope. The greatest […]

What about Law & Morality?

September 8, 2018

The ‘law’, although based on some archaic religious notions, clearly tries to distance itself from ethics in this century, as most lawyers would confirm. The accused, too, have relinquished the idea of fixed ethics; instead […]

What is really immoral?

September 8, 2018

Certain forms of moral corruption that were once considered despicably evil are now acceptable behavior already; we don’t even think about them as moral failings at all. Homosexuality was long thought of as the breakdown […]

Why corruption should be liberalized!

September 8, 2018

Corruption should be liberalized in all its forms, and never be morally condemned. Let’s punish people for breaking the law, not for being bad people. If we had total transparency of society, most would be […]

Why everything is both good and evil!

September 8, 2018

As to more complex human interactions, no matter what the hapless man on the street considers ‘morally good’, it is impossible to him to even fathom the greater universe of relations in which even his […]

What about good and evil people?

September 8, 2018

Every religion on this planet dichotomizes human beings into two (spiritual) classes –the nobles and the rest- with clearly different ethical outlooks. In a nutshell, the nobles see good and evil as the two sides […]

What about Master and Slave morality?

September 8, 2018

Since most human beings are in no position to ever reach their highest potential and feel what it is like to have a blast at life, to enjoy patriarchy, nepotism, and the benefits of the […]

Why ethics come in hierarchies!

September 8, 2018

Ethics do come in hierarchies. In other words, the starving will steal, the insecure will cheat, and the rich will bribe, and if they don’t, they risk penalties such as existential demise, few or no […]

Why Morality is so diverse!

September 8, 2018

As to politicians: they must bend the ‘truth’; this is not a secret but the mendacity of their profession, which is not as irresponsible as it may sound because it reveals the complexity of political life that […]

What business means by “trust”!

September 8, 2018

As to the much celebrated formula ‘trust’, well, if a businessman overtly comes on with ‘trust’ he is about to bribe you, because that’s the only way to establish “trust” in business. In fact, it […]

Why does the public believe in universal ethics?

September 8, 2018

So why does the public believe that there is one ‘universal ethics’ for everyone? Clearly, all attempts in history failed utterly: The ‘Ten Commandments’ of the Bible is one of the most devious listicles ever conceived; it’s bordering on […]

What is the End of Translation?

September 4, 2018

The End of Translation is just this: Stop omitting, replacing, erasing foreign key terminologies. Instead, adopt those terminologies as loanwords into your own syllabus. Brands, trademarks, and names like Google, Microsoft, or McDonald’s enjoy greater […]

What is genius?

September 4, 2018

A genius is not the person but a homunculus, a companion, an angel that accompanies that person, sitting on our shoulders. It loves youth. It may come and go, and some it never visits. A genius […]

What is Language Imperialism?

September 4, 2018

What is Language Imperialism? That is easy. Imperialism, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is when a strong nation extends its power or influence over a weaker nation. Linguistic Imperialism, therefore, is extending one’s language over […]

What is the Future Global Language?

September 4, 2018

About the future of Global Language: It is very simple. You add all the world’s vocabularies together to form One -the Future Global Language. You may take English, the international language, as the base onto […]

What are press soldiers?

September 4, 2018

Press soldiers are a dirty archetype of “journalists” like paparazzi or propagandists. As their name suggests, however, press soldiers are militant and dangerous. Their task is to subvert and destabilize the target person, group, or […]

What is/are ethics?

September 4, 2018

If focused enough, the study of ethics soon reveals itself as the futile attempt to rationalize things we didn’t do (or couldn’t do). So we think others shouldn’t do them either. For a complete list […]

How to give back!

September 4, 2018

You MUST give back, they say. But most people don’t have anything, so they can’t give back. As a rich spiritual leader, however, you always have a lot to give, and I don’t mean necessarily […]

How to get more followers!

September 4, 2018

There is no planning for followers. Followers will follow. It’s the followers that care about the spiritual leader, and that is that. In fact, since the leader and his movement are constantly creating new connections […]

Why spiritual leaders are universally recognized!

September 4, 2018

People have various talents, strengths and weaknesses; they also come from different countries, live in different times under different circumstances. Still, successful spiritual leaders have much in common: they have powerful personalities who experience similar […]

How to plan your legacy!

September 4, 2018

You must carefully plan your legacy. If you have done everything right so far, your accomplishments may have bought you, say, hundred years, maybe two hundred years of fame. But to become truly immortal, you must […]

How to engage in cultural diplomacy!

September 4, 2018

You must engage in diplomacy. Like head of states do. Search dialogue. I assure you, it’s been road tested. You are now in a different ball game than most of humankind. Meeting with ordinary people gives […]

How to become an exemplar person?

September 4, 2018

You must become an exemplar person. If you can, become a hero. Save little children from starving in Africa, help the victims of natural catastrophes in Japan or Indonesia. And let the public know that you […]

How to found your own empire!

September 4, 2018

Have your employees regularly conduct brain-storming sessions. Their ideas are obviously yours. You have the resources to publish them, they don’t. Next you build a library with all your favorite collections, you publish your memories, […]

How to become a founder?

September 4, 2018

You must become a founder. Few leaders reach this step, but if they do, they all did it the same way. You now establish an institute, a method, a research center, a foundation, a non-government organization, […]

What is self-publishing?

September 3, 2018

Now, let me explain what I mean by “self-publishing” to avoid a common misconception. Self-publishing is more common than you think, although it is not always labeled as such. Self-publishing means that you are in […]

Why you need to self-publish!

September 3, 2018

You need your own channels. This is about constant public relation management. At first, you publish your ideas in magazines, journals, newspapers. In modern times, social networks, blogs, websites, videos, or mini-productions firms all help to […]

Why studying in China?

September 1, 2018

A billion reasons. Here’s the best one: Challenge yourself with the new and difficult language, with Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism… a non-Western worldview… that will one day enrich you, personally, more than if you stayed home […]

How to get into a PhD program?

September 1, 2018

How to get into a PhD program? That’s easy! You just apply. But listen, there are TWO kinds of PhD applicants: One wants a PhD degree. This kind has no idea what to research and […]

A Message from President Trump to American Workers

January 19, 2018

Connecting with the people. That’s precisely why Donald Trump won the election against crooked Hillary Clinton and the Washington swamp, why he deserves the presidency in these times like no other, and why the establishment […]

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