New on the website this week:
Xu Jilin, "The New Tianxia: Rebuilding China's Internal and External Order"
Like Ge Zhaoguang's "If Horses had Wings," Xu's essay is a response to New Confucians and others who insist on the "uniqueness" of China's civilization. But where Ge attacks Mainland New Confucians head on, Xu attempts a reappropriation of China's tradition for liberal ends. Enjoy!
Coming soon: Xu Zhangrun on "China's Moment in World History" and Qin Hui on "Only China Can Save Socialism"
Just added to the site: Ge Zhouguang, "If Horses had Wings: The Political Demands of Mainland New Confucians in Recent Years"
If you read this text together with the three texts mentioned in the last blog post, you will have a very good idea concerning what has been going on in New Confucian circles in China over the past few years.
We've been working away on the web site this summer, but have neglected the blog. Those interested can now read excerpts of transcripts of three fairly recent conferences held by leading Mainland New Confucians (Gan Yang, Chen Ming, Zeng Yi, Tang Wenming, Qiu Feng). Mainland New Confucians are far more politically ambitious than diaspora New Confucians, and these exchanges offer an interesting window onto their world.
Just back from vacation and back to work. More texts will be added to the web site shortly.
Wang Shaoguang, “Representative Democracy and Representational Democracy”
David Ownby, "Editor and Translator's Introduction" to Xu Jilin, Rethinking China's Rise, a collection of 8 essays by Xu that I edited and translated. Coming out on Cambridge University Press in early July. Click here to preorder.
Xu Jilin, "Modern Politics is Live and Let Live"
Wang Hui, "The Economy of a Rising China and its Contradictions"
There are only seven texts available at the moment, but more will appear in coming weeks and months.
Our site will soon go live! Stay tuned!
Craig A. Smith has recently taken up a position as Lecturer, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
Mark McConaghy will soon take up his position in the Chinese Department of Chung-shan University in Kao-hsiung
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