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Magnet China: Under this title previous German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Schmidt in discussion with Prof. Dr. Gu Xuewu, moderated by Frank Sieren (in German) at the opening of the ‘Chinese Cultural Year 2012‘ in Germany

Video excerpts: http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/70731113-1865645232.html

The whole discussion as podcast: http://www.bosch-stiftung.de/content/language1/html/39238.asp and as mp3 file: http://www.bosch-stiftung.de/content/language1/audio/mp3/Magnet_China_Auftaktveranstaltung.mp3

Martin Jacques, author of ‘When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order‘, in a video about Western views about China and understanding the rise of China:

Another article by Martin Jacques: Civilization state versus nation-state – China confronts Europe with an enormous problem: we do not understand it

China confronts Europe with an enormous problem: we do not understand it. Worse, we are not even conscious of the fact. We insist on seeing the world through our Western prism. No other tradition or history or culture can compare. Ours is superior to all and others, in deviating from ours, are diminished as a consequence. This speaks not of our wisdom but our ignorance, an expression not of our cosmopolitanism but our insularity and provincialism. It is a consequence of being in the ascendant for at least two centuries, if not rather longer. Eurocentrism – or perhaps we should say western-centrism – has become our universal yardstick against which, in varying degrees, all others fail.

Read more here

 

Interview with Martin Jacques on 

 

 

Yang Lan addressing a range of topics moving Chinese people today, China’s development and diversity:

 

Wolfgang Kubin, interviewed by Yang Rui about Chinese literature on CNTV

The East – West Dichotomy

The East constitutes an entirely different type of humanity: it is holistic, non-analytic and spiritual – it is integration-based

From Thorsten Plattberg, ‘The East – West Dichotomy‘, Part 2: Models

Also from the same author: The East-West dichotomy revisited

 

If you are an American or European citizen, chances are you’ve never heard about shengren, minzu and wenming. If one day you promote them, you might even be accused of culture treason.

That’s because these are Chinese concepts. They are often conveniently translated as “philosophers”, “democracy” and “civilization”. In fact, they are none of those. They are something else. Something the West lacks in turn. But that is irritating for most monolingual speakers, so in the past foreign concepts were quickly removed from the books and records and, if possible, from the history of the world, which is a world controlled by the West. As the philosopher Hegel once remarked, the East plays no part in the formation of the history of thought.

With this words Thorsten Pattberg, German scholar at the Institute of World Literature of Peking University and the author of The East-West dichotomy(2009) and Shengren – Above Philosophy and Beyond Religion(2011) opens his article published under the provocative title ‘Language Imperialism – ‘democracy’ in China‘. Do we understand concepts for which there is no word in our language? It’s worth a thought or two.

Read the full article here: 

Also from Thorsten Pattberg: ‘Holy Confucius! Some Observations in Translating “sheng(ren)” in The Analects’

Publisher: LoD Press

ISBN-10: 0984209131

ISBN-13: 978-0984209132

Available from 

Interview with Dr. Thorsten Pattberg on Language Imperialism:

DO WE MEAN THE SAME WHEN WE SAY THE SAME?

The Europe – China Cultural Compass  looks at (not only) cultural differences from a different perspective. Published by EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) it confirms quite a few of the conclusions made by the authors whose works have been introduced above:

 

The Europe – China Cultural Compass can be downloaded in Chinese here and in English here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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