New on the site: Chen Ming, "The Road to Confucian Civil Religion," a 2010 interview with one of China's best-known Mainland New Confucians. Although less than ten years old, Chen's arguments here are very different from his more recent denunications of both liberalism and socialism, and Chen imagines a Confucian civil religion that could heal China's ethnic tensions and coexist with liberal democracy. For more on the contemporary history of the Mainland New Confucians, see Stephen Angle, ed., “The Adolescence of Mainland New Confucianism,” Contemporary Chinese Thought, vol. 49 (2018), which contains translations of texts by Chen and others.
New on the site : Hu Lianhe and Hu An’gang, “How the Nationalities Question is Handled Outside of China.” This text is somewhat different from our usual fare, which we see as “deep dives” into some of the best work of China’s establishment intellectuals. Hu Lianhe and Hu An’gang are establishment intellectuals, but their text is closer to an op-ed or a policy proposal than a closely reasoned scholarly argument. We translate and publish it here because of its connection to contemporary events in China: the confinement of as many as 1.5 million Uighurs in “re-education centers” in China’s far northwest. The text says nothing about such centers, but is surely a part of official (and intellectual) efforts to rethink policy on the nationalities question, and as such is a piece of a tragic puzzle many of us are trying to understand.
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