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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