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The West shall shake the East awake
While ye have the night for morn.
— James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake
企者不立;跨者不行;
自見者不明;自是者不彰;
自伐者無功;自矜者不長。
其在道也,曰:餘食贅行。
物或惡之,故有道者不處。
— Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching, Chapter 24
 
In Chapter 3 of Understanding Media (1964), “Reversal of the Overheated Medium,” Marshall McLuhan describes how technological enhancements tend to undergo reversals as they work themselves out within the wider environmental context. For example, the enhancement of…

The following reflections are a hermeneutical exercise in intercivilizational interpretation. They are undertaken in order to clarify some important problems that arise in the course of comparative theorizing which, up to now, have not been properly attended to. In so far my article moves beyond the immediate topic of the panel "China and contemporary political thought" to discuss the theoretical…

A cursory glance at the news coming out of China is sufficient to let us know all is not well with the People’s Republic.  Workers protest against inhumane indigenous and foreign business practices, children are murdered in the schools by desperate people trying to make a statement about the hopelessness of their lives, property is expropriated from the powerless to…

This article presents an analysis of Sima Qian’s account of Shang Yang’s proposal for fundamental reform, a passage from the Records of the Grand Historian. Shang Yang (390-338 BCE) was a political theorist and statesman: he engineered and executed the fundamental reform of Qin, which facilitated it to become a hegemon in less than two decades. Contingent on the reform…

The purpose of this course (and convention paper) is to call attention to the fact that political theory is rich in Asia, despite its heavy religious content (until modern times). Indeed, the encounter with political ideas in Asia is just as profound as it is in the West. In fact, since these ideas in Asia are heavily fertilized by their…

Eric Voegelin wrote about China, once taught courses related to China, and even could read Chinese text. Nevertheless, he never traveled to China. During his life time, he might not expect that his ideas would have important impact on China.
In the past several years, however, the name of Eric Voegelin has begun to be discussed more and more in the…

Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World: Reorienting the Political, Kai Marchal and Carl K.Y. Shaw, eds. Lanham, Lexington Books, 2017.
 
Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss are extremely popular in China, especially in Mainland China—this is no longer a secret in the Western academia. As early as 2003, Stanley Rosen had already told the Boston Globe that “A very,…

Religion and Nationalism in Chinese Societies. Cheng-tian Kuo, ed. Amsterdam University Press, 2018.
 
A Varieties of Chinese Nationalisms and Their Implications on Religions
This volume is a collection of papers discussing “the origin, development, content, and implications of religion-state relations” in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (10). The lens of using nationalism in examining state-society-religion relations works as an overarching theme…

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Li Ma and Jin Li. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (Wipf and Stock Publishers), 2017.
 
For people whose country is known for censorship and self-censorship, writing in a foreign language is like taking refuge in a free country. For the author of this review and those of the…

Liu Xiaobo was the Chinese dissident writer and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient who passed away this past June. He died of liver cancer while serving out the eleven-year sentence he received in 2009 for his role in the Charter 08 movement that modeled itself after the Charter 68 movement of dissidents of communism in Czechoslovakia. Liu’s work promoting freedom…