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    Why I Want to Write
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 41-46. 1999.
    Someone asks a climber why he wants to climb a mountain—everyone knows that climbing is dangerous and is of no practical advantage—and he replies, "Because it is there." I like this answer because it shows a sense of humor—it is quite clear that it is because he wants to climb it, but he tries to trick us by saying that it is because the mountain is there that he is itching to get at it. Apart from this, I also like what the climber does, scaling sheer cliffs for no good reason. It may cause ach…Read more
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    Adultery Is a Capital Offense
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 57-60. 1999.
    Before The Bridges of Madison County was released, several editor friends of mine wanted me to go and see it, and to write a short article about it when I had. The movie has finished showing now, and I never did go to see it. This was not because I was being deliberately snooty about it, but chiefly because there was a debate around the movie that I found very irritating; and as a result, I did not have the slightest desire to go and see it. Some people said the novel advocated extramarital affa…Read more
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    Work and Life
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 93-95. 1999.
    I am now halfway along the road of life; if we liken the human lifespan to a single day, it is now noon. Childhood is when we wake up from our slumbers and need some time to get over our morning lassitude, before we throw ourselves into our work; at midday, our energy is at its greatest, but we already feel tiredness looming; by dusk, we just want to finish off the day's work and get ready to sink into eternal rest. If you look at it in this way, as I do, work is the most important thing in a pe…Read more
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    My Views on "Chinese Traditional Studies"
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 23-28. 1999.
    I'm now in my forties, but my teacher is still alive and well; so I'm still one of the junior generation. When I was a graduate student, my teacher told me that I didn't have enough background in Chinese traditional studies, and in a burst of energy I went off and read my way, albeit in a rather random fashion, through everything from the Four Books to the Cheng brothers [Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi, Confucian scholars of the Song dynasty] and Zhu Xi. My studies had started off with fiction, and the …Read more
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    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 5-9. 1999.
    When I was young, I read Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw, and there was one scene that left a great impression on me. The industrial magnate Andrew Undershaft meets his son Stephen, whom he has not seen for many years, and asks him what he is interested in. The young man has no talent for science, the arts or law, but says there is one thing he is good at, and that is telling right from wrong. Undershaft pours scorn on his son, and wants to know how, if he is unable to do anything else, he …Read more
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    My Views on the Novel
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 47-49. 1999.
    I have enjoyed reading fiction since I was young, and until I was twenty-eight I believed that I could write it myself. Then I read a novel by [Michel] Tournier and changed my mind. Imperceptibly, great changes have taken place in fiction. The difference between modern fiction and classical fiction is as great as the difference between the car and the horse-drawn cart. The finest of the modern novels cannot be read ten lines at a glance. Let me cite an example, so that my readers can come to sha…Read more
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    What Sort of Feminist Am I?
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 73-77. 1999.
    Because my wife is doing research on women and has read a raft of theoretical books on feminism, we often discuss our respective stand-points with each other. As intellectuals, we will inevitably have standpoints quite close to some kind of feminism—my feeling is that if someone does not respect women's rights, that person cannot be called an intellectual—but there are an awful lot of different theories of feminism , and it is important to know which kind
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    The Pleasure of Thought
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 29-40. 1999.
    Twenty-five years ago, when I went down to the countryside to live and work in a production team, I took a few books with me, one of which was Ovid's Metamorphoses. The people in our team looked through it many times, read and reread it, until it was as ragged as a roll of dried seaweed. Then people from other teams borrowed it, and I spotted it in several different places, looking more and more dilapidated. I believe that in the end the book was read to death. Even now I still can't forget what…Read more
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    Another Type of Culture
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 61-64. 1999.
    My wife was a student from among the "workers, peasants, and soldiers" and studied history at university. One day, during her junior year, a female student from a country village announced loudly in class, "I don't know what a eunuch is!" She looked very pleased with herself when she had said this. Other students in the class chimed in: "I don't know either." "Neither do I." My wife is a very straightforward sort of person and she said shyly, "Oh, I think I might know—a eunuch is a man who has b…Read more
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    Some Ethical Questions Relating to Homosexuality
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 69-72. 1999.
    In 1992, when Li Yinhe and I had completed our collaborative study of male homosexuality in China, we published a monograph and wrote a few articles. We remained in touch with some of the friends we had made in the course of the research, and also received many letters from readers. Over the past few years, even though we have not carried out any more detailed research into it, we have been constantly thinking about this social issue
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    The Dignity of the Individual
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 83-87. 1999.
    During my time overseas, I often noticed that when people made value judgments about current events, they would do so from two separate standpoints: One was that of national or social dignity, and seemed, as it were, to be the warp of the events; the other was that of personal dignity, and seemed to be the weft. When I came back to China, the weft appeared to be missing, and even the word "dignity" had an unfamiliar feel to it
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    Cultural Debates
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 13-18. 1999.
    [Bertrand] Russell, in On Authority, wrote about a kind of hieratic authority which in the past lay in the hands of the clergy, and said that in the West, intellectuals are the descendants of these clergy. He also said that Chinese Confucianism possessed a hieratic authority, which leads us to think that China's intellectuals are the descendants of the Confucians. The knowledge that clergy and Confucians possessed came from a few sacred books, such as the Bible and the Analects. But modern intel…Read more
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    Experiencing Life
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 50-53. 1999.
    I make my living by writing. Someone once said to me, "It's no good writing like this; you've no life! "At first I thought he meant I was dead, and I got very angry. Then I suddenly thought that the word' life" could be used in a different way. Writers often go and live for a while in remote places where conditions are hard, and such excursions are called "experiencing life." This expression may sound as if it refers to a corpse momentarily coming back to life, but that is not actually what it m…Read more
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    Fifty Years of Chinese Historiography
    Chinese Studies in History 45 (2-3): 7-69. 2011.
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    Engaging ADHD students in tasks with hand gestures: a pedagogical possibility for teachers
    with Ronan Bernas and Philippe Eberhard
    Educational Studies 30 (3): 217-229. 2004.
    This study examines the effects of teachers' speech and hand gestures on the task performances of students with Attention‐Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder . Forty‐five 7½‐year‐old students clinically diagnosed with ADHD participated in the study. The students were asked to solve three sets of puzzles. The teachers supported the students in the tasks by using three different scaffolding modalities: speech‐only, gesture‐only and speech in conjunction with gestures. The results indicate that when the…Read more
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    Social thought in modern times, in the "modernity" as an empirical value targets and as a "problem" between, there have been several times variation. Contemporary Western society from the post-modern theory, adhere to and develop a modern and conservatism on three different standpoint to reflect modern issues. In the modern quest and modernity reflect the existence of a common demands: liberation. In Modem western social thought, there are several variations between taking 'modernity' as the val…Read more
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    My Views on "Culture Fever"
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 10-12. 1999.
    We've had quite a number of outbreaks of "culture fever": The first one was apparently in 1985, when I was studying overseas, and friends told me the fever was raging at home in China. When I came home in 1988, I was in time for the second one. And over the last two years there has been a fever of cultural criticism, or "discussions on the humanist spirit." It looks as though the phenomenon of culture fever has certain similarities to a flu epidemic. The first two fevers were fairly respectable,…Read more
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    My Views on the "Old Three Classes"
    Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (3): 78-82. 1999.
    I, too, belong to the "old three classes."* At the age when I should have been in college, I went to Yunnan to dig ditches. This was bad for me; but worse, still, it caused my parents great anxiety. It has been said that worrying about their children took years off the lives of the parents of educated youth who were sent to the countryside, and that is how it was in my family. Parents always try to protect their growing children, and to be powerless to do so during that exceptional decade meant …Read more
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    Religious Ethics and Contemporary Society [J]
    Modern Philosophy 2 013. 2003.
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    Marx and Modernity Problem
    Modern Philosophy 4 001. 2004.
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    Leveraging open source software and design based research principles for development of a 3D virtual learning environment
    with Matthew Schmidt, Krista Galyen, James Laffey, and Nan Ding
    Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 40 (4): 45-53. 2010.
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    Temporal order perception of auditory stimuli is selectively modified by tonal and non-tonal language environments
    with Yan Bao, Aneta Szymaszek, Anna Oron, Ernst Pöppel, and Elzbieta Szelag
    Cognition 129 (3): 579-585. 2013.