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Pop quiz: Does this remind you of anyone. Confucius called for "graded love." You don't treat your family the same way you treat a stranger, buying Spiriva online over the counter. Spiriva for sale, The Sage, like Fish, Spiriva over the counter, Order Spiriva from United States pharmacy, took a lot of flak. On the one side, the tattooed  and militant Mozi (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy), seeing the predatory aristocracy of the Warring States period, made the sensible but ineffective observation that "If men were to regard the families of others as they regard their own, then who would raise his family to overthrow that of another?" Mozi called for what is often translated as "universal love," though Sam Crane at Useless Tree endorsed translating it as  "inclusive care." (February 7, 2009) On the other hand, the obscure Yang Zhu declared that he would "not pluck out even one hair to save the whole world."

Fish has allies, Buy Spiriva Without Prescription. Only a few days earlier, where can i order Spiriva without prescription, Spiriva price, coupon, Steven Asma's The Myth of Universal Love,” also at Opinionator (January 5, Spiriva dose, Where can i buy Spiriva online, 2013), took on leading liberal social theorists for thinking  we can "overcome factional bias and eventually become one giant tribe." This abstract “ethical point of view, buy Spiriva from canada, Spiriva photos, ” says Asma, is "not wrong so much as irrelevant." Our actual lives are punctuated by "moral gravity, where to buy Spiriva, Low dose Spiriva, " which makes some people much more central and forceful in our "daily orbit of values."

In this column Asma talks only of the Western tradition, but his recent book  gives a prominent place to the famous passage from the Analects in which a fellow brags that the people of his province are so upright that if a father steals a sheep, Spiriva no prescription, Buy Spiriva no prescription, the son will rat him out (my translation). Confucius replies, discount Spiriva, Buy Spiriva without a prescription,   "Our people's uprightness is not like that. The father shields his son, Spiriva wiki, Effects of Spiriva, the son shields his father. There is uprightness in this."  (Against Fairness (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, Spiriva recreational, Spiriva dangers, 2013)).

Sam Crane at Useless Tree struck back against Asma's column two days later in  "Anti-Mohism in the New York Times Buy Spiriva Without Prescription, " (January 7, 2013)  Crane pursues the argument with rich  quotes and his accustomed sharp analysis.

Daniel Bell's "Reconciling Confucianism and Socialism: Reviving Tradition in China" at the much missed China Beat a few years ago also defended the Confucian stance of "graded love."  The idea, he explained,  "is that ties should be extended from the family to the state and ultimately to the whole world. But the end is not a universal solidarity, where everyone treats everyone else as an equal. Rather, ties are extended with diminishing intensity, so that strangers will be treated well but without the degree of love shared among family members."

Altogether, this exchange shows once more that certain threads of thought in the so-called East and the so-called West have more in common with each other than they do with their domestic critics.

 

 

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Things get messy when Westerners use the Chinese dragon. One of the more interesting is Dragon Lady. In the 1930s, a newspaper syndicate commissioned Milton Caniff to produce a topical comic strip about the Orient. He came up with “Terry and the Pirates,” starring a young American adventurer who run up against a number of villains, Flexeril For Sale. Caniff recalled that he wanted an “Oriental villain who was not a Fu Manchu.” He came up with the Dragon Lady, a Eurasian temptress, since “putting it into a woman made it ten times more interesting, an irresistible combination, mean and beautiful.” ((Robert C. Harvey, Milton Caniff: Conversations (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.) ))  Many strong women were called Dragon Ladies, but the most surprising use of the term was for the CIA’s Lockheed U-2 spy-plane, nicknamed the “Dragon Lady.”

I can certainly understand Pattberg's objection. No self respecting Chinese long would want to hang out with rough, low life Western dragons who go around accosting virgins or let themselves be associated with the “Grand Dragons” of the Ku Klux Klan. But it’s too late. We're stuck with "Chinese Dragon."

For a listing of examples showing that "Dragon" has gone native, see the mesmerizing website TVTropes, which catalogues “devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations.” There are pages on “The Dragon” (here) and “Tiger versus Dragon,” (here) which clearly are good Chinese long.

If that doesn't convince you, ask  yourself if "Dragon Dance" could really work as "Long Dance"  or if “Dragon Boat Festival” would work as “Long Boat Festival.”

UPDATE: The University of Southern California US-China Institute website has its annual collection of Chinese New Year stamps from all over the world, including one fascinating one from Tientsin in 1878.  Well worth a look.

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12/12/2008

Great Expectorations: Puke, Spitting, and Face

Filed under: — C. W. Hayford @ 7:20 pm
What's the difference between puking and spitting? Is one involuntary and the other on purpose? Joel, at China Hope Live reports that maybe you see the difference differently if you're Chinese or if you're not. His nicely argued piece,  Thinking Behind the Spitting takes off from an interchange between a Chinese language teacher and a class of North American students. The teacher explained:  " means both 'to spit' and 'to vomit,' but if you change the tone — — you can say 'to spit' with a third meaning: spitting to show your contempt for someone." The big distinction in her mind was voluntary vs. involuntary actions. Spitting is involuntary. She was quite taken aback when her students explained that in their little culture, people controlled their spitting -- what did they do, she asked, swallow it? Spitting goes way back in the cross cultural dialogue. I recall hearing a friend of my parents retailing what I later found was a classic 19th century story:

An American to Chinese: "I hear that in your country you eat dogs."

Chinese to an American: "I hear that in your country you blow your nose on a piece of cloth and put it in your pocket."

Responsible authorities in China have long worried about losing "face" in front of the world community. In the 1930s the Nationalist government's New Life Movement aimed, among other goals, to eliminate public spitting. Evidently they didn't succeed in wiping out the habit as the following governments had a series of campaigns right down to the Olympics. Yet every meeting room that I went into in China had a large spittoon and people used them. Someone should have warned the Chinese 1970s factory that made decks of playing cards intended for Americans to use in playing "poker." They labeled the package with two pinyin syllables that most closely represented the Chinese pronunciation: "Puke." I wish that I had known about China Hope Live when I wrote my piece  "The Truth About Lies," a review of Arthur Smith's Chinese Characteristics and Susan Blum's Lies That Bind: Chinese Truth, Other Truths which looked at "face" and "lies." Joel has a bunch of insightful pieces, for instance "Chinese People Like it When You Lie to Them." Another sharp piece talks about Chinese national face and the Olympics, which includes a genial definition of "face" from Lin Yutang's My Country and My People:

Face cannot be translated or defined. It is like honor and is not honor.... It is amenable, not to reason but to social convention. It protracts lawsuits, breaks up family fortunes, causes murders and suicides....  It is more powerful than fate or favor, and more respected than the constitution. It often decides a military victory or defeat, and can demolish a whole government ministry. It is that hollow thing which men in China live by. (195-196)

Shakespeare's Falstaff asks "What is honour? a word. What is in that word honour? what is that honour? air." Who's right? I'm not too worried, but maybe I'm too phlegmatic,

6/24/2008

You lost to a girl?

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 1:56 am
yeoh Reading through 中华民国文化史 (Cultural History of the Chinese Republic) ((编 史全生,吉林文史 )) I found something interesting in the section on 国术. 国术 is a term for what today would be called 武术, i.e. martial arts. Although there was a lot of interest in physical education in China in the 20s and 30s traditional martial arts were not part of this, as they were often seen as backwards peasant stuff. The Guomindang did make some efforts to encourage the modernization of the martial arts, however, setting up the 中央国术馆 (Central Martial Arts Academy) in Nanjing in 1927. Eventually there would be provincial-level organizations as well. At first the Academy seems to have been organized like a traditional martial arts school with masters and disciples but in 1929 it was reorganized as a more modern type of school. The top rated teachers were 王子平,吴图南,姜容燕,胡容华 (), 陈志和 () the younger teachers included 张文广, 李锡恩,傅淑云 () As the () indicates two of the top five teachers and three of eight were women. This actually surprised me a lot. In movies and fiction there may be a lot of female martial arts experts, and there were certainly some in reality as well. Still, this ratio strikes me as a little high. In 1933 there was a national martial arts exam and of the 427 competitors only 9 were women. Was this part of an attempt to modernize the martial arts? Was it a regional thing, since the academy drew heavily from the Northwest and followers of 张之江? Has anybody written anything on this?

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