China’s Singular Sexual Revolution

In Behind the Red Door, Richard Burger examines various aspects of sex in China, both throughout history and in the resurgence of sexual freedom currently underway. From Mara Hvistendahl at Los Angeles Review of Books: [… T]he...

Five Books on Chinese Language & Culture

Asia Society Director of Education and Chinese Language Initiatives Chris Livacarri chooses five books for The Browser. His picks include histories of China’s languages and its relationships with the outside world, and...

Notes from a Chinese Cave: Qigong’s Quiet Return

In the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson writes about his experiences on a ten-day qigong retreat in a cave: In November, I came to Jinhua with about 400 others on a ten-day retreat to study with Wang Liping, probably...

Ian Johnson: Are China’s Rulers Getting Religion?

In the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson looks at the debate over morality in China following the death of toddler Yue Yue on Foshan, and whether Daoism may be one option to fill the spiritual void in Chinese society: The...

2011 Angus Graham Memorial Lectures Now Online

SOAS Radio has posted a pair of lectures in memory of the late British Sinologist, Angus Graham, by Professor Liu Xiaogan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The first talk discusses “A Taoistic Sense of Social...

The Rise of the Tao

The New York Times Magazine has a lengthy article about the renovation of a Taoist temple and the revival of the belief system in China: RELIGION HAS LONG played a central role in Chinese life, but for much of the 20th century,...

Stunning Chinese Temple Art Hidden from Public Eye

The Wall Street Journal has a video report on rarely seen Taoist temple paintings in remote Shanxi: In China’s Temple of Eternal Happiness is a stunning, ancient wall mural seen by few people because of its remote location...

Racing Ahead, China Resurrects Its Past – Kent Ewing

From Asia Times: As China races into its capitalist future, it is also rediscovering its philosophical and religious past. But can the country move backward as it goes forward? Chinese leaders think so, and they are enthusiastically supporting a revival of the ancient philosophical traditions of Confucianism and Taoism. Late last month, for example, the […]

China’s Values Vacuum – Alice Poon

From Asia Sentinel: In China, the empathy deficit is not only at a worrying level but seems to be further compounded by what intellectuals call a “values vacuum.” In one of his blog posts, Financial Times Chinese web...

Taoism in the Service of the State – Sam Crane

The author of The Useless Tree wrote a commentary post about the Xinhua news on “China to build harmonious society with wisdom of Taoism:” Maybe the Party is making a big mistake. By bringing Taoism into the...

China to build harmonious society with wisdom of Taoism – Xinhua

CCP’s latest “constructing socialist harmonious society” campaign has been trying to utilize traditional cultural resources. The following Xinhua article provides another example: China’s high-ranking officials have called for adopting the wisdom of ancient Taoism to build a harmonious society. Tao Te Ching, or the Classic of the Way and Virtue, was written by Lao Zi […]



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