Seek Truth from Farts

My passing comment on Alan’s Seek Truth from Facts mentioned that I once saw “Seek Truth From Farts.” Maybe it was a misprint, maybe a comment. Then I ran across a posting on the Harvard-Yenching Facebook which linked to a Waseda University collection of Japanese painting.    

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Credentialism and Other Modern Traditions: It's a Post-Authentic World

A note to those who are imprudent enough not to follow the Japanese side of Frog in a Well:  Jonathan Dresner has a smart, witty, and informative piece, Credentialism and Other Modern Traditions which riffs on the proposal to make 和食 [washoku, Japanese cuisine] an “intangible cultural asset.”  Jonathan is especially sharp about the idea […]

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"China and Christianity": Hu Shi's 1927 View of Nationalism and Rationalism

Over at the invaluable Danwei,  Julian Smisek’s “Hu Shi, missionaries, and women’s rights” (July 15, 2010) does a valuable service in translating Hu’s 1930 essay, “Congratulations to the YWCA,”  which pays tribute to Christian missionaries for helping Chinese women. Hu, a Columbia University PhD, won a poll in the early 1920s as the most admired […]

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China Rises? China Wakes?

“Beware of China, for when the dragon wakes she will shake the world.” Napoleon? Although there’s no evidence that he ever said it, the quote caught the essence of what westerners thought should be the case and has been endlessly recycled. But over the last decade a lot of  loose talk about “China Rising” has […]

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