Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chinese Medicine Terms in the English language

Thorsten J. Pattberg, PhD, writes about
Chinese terminologies and global
language (Image: FLP Beijing, 2013)
"I think what you say is true, but there's more to it than that. Of course, being vacation in lovely Hawaii, it's understandable that you should be outdoors and enjoying the scenery, rather than spending time typing long comments on a blog! So this is not a criticism. But I'd like to suggest some further ideas in this vein.
As you note, China being richer is fundamental. This means a larger number of students able to afford study, and able to become scholars and writers and other producers and interpreters of Chinese knowledge able to communicate in English (as well as other non-Chinese languages) and in Chinese. It takes years of personal effort and institutional support to nurture scholars and talents. A richer and more economically vibrant Chinese society generates opportunities for careers for individuals seeking to tap into this economy. This provides opportunities for not only the population of ethnic Chinese, but also non-ethnic Chinese. Scholars like Professor Pattberg who have devoted years of their lives to Chinese studies play an enormous part in helping people understand the significance of Chinese intellectual and cultural traditions.

This doesn't "just happen" as a result of China becoming wealthier – after all, individuals need to choose to study these fields, to find meaning in what they do, and the subject matter needs to be intellectually enriching for them to build a professional scholarly career upon. But of course, the wonderful thing is that the richness of Chinese traditional intellectual culture (including the period in the last 150 years as it has confronted western and modern traditions, as well as the fracturing of Chinese social and political institutions under the onslaught of Western (and Japanese) imperialism) provides so much of interest to the scholar that there is an endless profusion of material on which to generate new ideas and new knowledge for consumption in education, cultural and markets for applied knowledge.
One of the areas in which we have seen a proliferation of "Chinese terminology" in English language during the past few decades are terms relating to Chinese martial arts and medicine. The terms "kung fu", "qi", "Tai chi (Taiji)", "yin yang", "tao" (dao) and "feng shui" have become almost commonplace English language concepts."

by DeWang [Sourcetext]

Monday, June 15, 2015

How to translate Chinese ideological and cultural terms? New book illuminates the humanities!

It took over 70 professors two years... finally it's getting published in June 2015! 


2013年12月,经国务院批准,设立“中华思想文化术语传播工程”(以下简称“工程”),确立以北京外国语大学和外研社为依托,协同国内外70余位文、史、哲等学科及英语翻译领域的专家学者共同开展中华思想文化术语的梳理、筛选、诠释和翻译工作。 [...]

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We are told that "America won WWII"; We are not told that Germany lost the war at the gates of Stalingrad (Eric Arnow)

MOSCOW/SEVASTOPOL – Eric Arnow, from Boston Massachusetts, USA, is a Zen Buddhist with Russian Roots who traveled extensively, and over long periods of time, in China, Japan, and Thailand. In May 2015, he decided to visit Russia, travelling from Moscow to Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula. Here are his impressions:
“I think the story I sent you speaks for itself, how I decided to go to Russia.
My name is Eric Arnow. 66 yo, I grew up in Boston Massachusetts, USA. My 4 grandparents, from one or another part of the Russian empire, came to the US in early 20th century, to either escape difficult political, or economic situation there.
I studied Buddhism for 40 years–Zen Buddhism as practiced in Japan.
Came to Thailand in 2004, Spent a lot of time in China to find my Zen roots, from 2007-14.
But maybe due to my ancestral roots, felt affinity with Russia and the situation in that area. So, when I heard that the West was dissing Russia after all it went through, I thought it would be a good thing to see for myself what is going on, meet and make friends. A One Man Peace Army.
That’s it in a nutshell.” –Eric Arnow, 2015
A Traveler's Impressions from Western-sanctioned Russia, Part 1
A Traveler’s Impressions from Western-sanctioned Russia (Part 1) – by Eric Arnow
Russia and the West hold different views on World History (Party 2) – by Eric Arnow
Russia and the West hold different views on World History (Part 2) – by Eric Arnow
Posted with permission by the author. Eric Arnow can be reached at
©2015 Eric Arnow

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pattberg geht hart mit westlichen 'China Experten' ins Gericht

"Thorsten Pattberg geht in der Asia Times hart mit westlichen "China-Experten" ins Gericht. Deren Methoden scheinen die Grenzen wissenschaftlich und politisch motivierter Streitkultur leider deutlich zu überschreiten..... Sehr empfehlenswert."
Source: MediaWatch - Fundstuecke im Internet

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Yao Minji: A dreamy, smoggy, funny year

A dreamy, smoggy, funny year

“It’s not about a definition, but more about universality,” Thorsten Pattberg, a research fellow at Peking University, said of Xi’s concept. “Everyone has dreams. The question becomes: Can you fulfill your dreams in China and not elsewhere?”

Pattberg: China reveres foreign degrees more than its own diplomas

China reveres foreign degrees more than its own diplomas

(Shanghai Daily)

Thorsten Pattberg, PhD, Peking University, is a former research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and the author of “The East-West Dichotomy. Pattberg can be contacted at

Monday, June 1, 2015

German media calls American society kafkaesque and its feminists out-of-control (Sulkowicz Vs. Nungesser)

#feminism #carrythatweight #sulkowicz German media builds up behind #Nungesser, calls American society kafkaresque
In Amerika gibt es eine Lynchjustiz, keine Frage. DIE ZEIT schreibt von kafkaresquen Zuständen. Wie zu Zeiten der Hexenverfolgungen. Nur diesmal haben es die Frauen, Feministen der 3. Generation, es fertiggebracht, ein auf wilkürliche Anschuldigungen basierendes, eigenes „Rechtssystem“ zu schaffen, in dem die Weiber immer die Opfer sind, und die Kerle erst gar kein Recht bekommen können.

Friday, May 29, 2015

I agree completely that the USA will want to use military actions against China

Thoughts on Tyler Rogoway's piece 'China Tries to Jam U.S. Global Hawks While Busy Devoloping Their Own'
Hey Tyler, nice analysis. I agree completely that the USA will want to use military actions against China. China wants a peaceful rise, because naturally it is the greater phenomenon on earth, and based on its sheer size and quality of its people, it will become the biggest economy... by far. If the USA doesn’t attack it whilst China is still weak, that is. Washington knows that every little Chinese gain is America’s loss. The USA controls the entire world, so so the media boasts. Americans were indoctrinated that everyone who disagrees with them must be an enemy of freedom, and ought to be contained, coerced, and destroyed. What we see in the Western media these days -total disrespect for all other human beings on this planet: the Turks, the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, the Muslim countries in general - all are feeling the whip of an ever-increasing fascist American mission to civilize the rest of the world, if need be by force. Even the Europeans can’t take US hubris and arrogance anymore. One day, the bowl will break and the cradle fall. One cannot help but feeling more and more sympathy for the victims of American imperialism; for the people in Asia in general, and China in particular. The US media of matter isn’t having any of it, of course, and keeps praising and justifying US militarism while demonizing China. It proves my point that Western media is part of the problem. Just saying. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Top Posts for The East-West Dichotomy (EWD) in Spring 2015

The following is a list and rank of the all-favorite EWD posts in Spring 2015.
Readers are genuinely interested in unique East-West Dichotomy content:
Shengren, Language Imperialism, Peking University news, prominent China
scholars, Chinese mistress culture, Press Soldiers at The New York Times,
and related books and articles written by the author.
Surprise hits were an entry on Loser Laowai in China, and the controversy
surrounding China Expert Daniel A Bell's submission to the NY Times's
Orwellian Rules of Writing.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Criticism of US Media Draws Massive Cyber Attacks

It is impossible for us, at this stage of our investigation, to say where the attacks originated from, as most hackers (or groups of hackers) use proxy to disguise their seats anyway. However, the recent ambushes suspiciously "coincided" with our critical postings about Orwellian Rules of Writing at The New York Times and related criticism of Western biased media reporting on China (whereas when we criticize China, it seems we are totally save.) Naturally, this has convinced us about the importance and the relevance of media critique, and, needless to say, has encouraged us to dig even deeper into the subject matter in the near future.

The East-West Dichotomy is here to stay!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The bias of American empire is the media lens through which international events are perceived and interpreted

Great piece by Tench Phillips on bias and empire in the US media:
"Reportage on U.S. foreign policy is even worse. The bias of American empire is the media lens through which international events are perceived and interpreted. Whether it’s coverage of the fighting in the Ukraine, the war on ISIS, the numerous civil wars fueled by American interventionism which are raging throughout the Middle East, the coverage of democratic movements in South America, or negotiations of trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Pact – egregious examples of media spin and disinformation occur daily in the corporate press as well as NPR and public media." 

One remark about the paradoxes of today's so-called 'media monopoly' and its opposition, the self-proclaimed 'independent press': Despite the fact that there are hundreds of 'New media' outlets, independent journalists, and websites such as Democracy Now! and FAIR, the existence of such oppositional forces only seems to   r e i n f o r c e    the power of the mainstream media.

Why, because the more people cry "corruption" and "misinformation" on, say, a piece of gratuitous warmongering against China or Russia in The New York Times of The National Interest, the more 'free advertisement' and 'controversy' that piece will generate, thereby becoming ever more truer, and relevant and significant. Top tier journalists know very well that they   m u s t   create "new realities." They are writers after all. Only after having penned a sensational report about, say, some "famous teen dissident who's ready to take on the Chinese government" will that dissident become truly notable. Hence the notion of targeting journalism or press soldiery. They are effectively scoring against their ideological enemies.

What I am saying is this: The existence of so-called 'New media' is somehow   c o m p l i m e n t a r  y to the success of the Media Monopoly. The hierarchy is maintained, if not cemented permanently, precisely by the existence of lesser news outlets, conspiracy websites, and tens of thousands of news pundits on the fringes of the internet. If you want to have proof of this, just look at the past 50 years of civil rights movement and libertarian make-belief that changed nothing in reality. If anything, the 'New Media' were partly complicit in creating monopolies. After all, that's how the Big guys in the media business, just like all businesses really, are protecting themselves from the nasty insects all around them: by growing in size and crushing them.

But back to the US media bias and ideological agenda against foreign nations.I know a couple of journalists who hope every day that some social justice warriors or free the media wackos criticize their work, because that way they will attract more attention, which amounts to getting more expose and cross-referencing, which translates into journalistic fame and promotion, public speaking engagements, book contracts, perks and sinecures. In a way, the ultimate step toward their profession's path to final 'self-actualization' is for the journalist to become the story himself.

This strategy works best when writing about foreign people, because if, say, 10 million Chinese feel offended by an anti-China campaign, that is fantastic for the journalists and their editorial rooms. People of color and foreign people in general are expected to protest by the millions. The New York Times employs 6 'China correspondents', one for every 200 million Chinese. They try every day with China bashing reports to provoke a response, hopefully a physical one, that would cause even more US media retaliation against the Chinese people.

For the US media monopoly and empire bias: the more they offend foreign nations, their governments, and their people, the better. We see this with the Western press on Islam, the Middle East, Iran, China, Russia and the Ukraine, India, whatever suits the agenda of the day. They only way to stop this media madness is to ignore it. Yet, that is precisely what the 'Free Press' is NOT allowing to happen, I claim; on the contrary, they are driving traffic to the mainstream by pointing fingers. They are saying THIS and THAT is NOT TRUE! And people are looking. If history has taught us anything about "reality", it is that attention triumphs over the truth -all the time. When Jesus Christ some 2000 years ago declared himself the King of Jews and the Son of the Jewish God, that wasn't the truth. But people got so upset about his dishonesty, and the lies he and his fellows were making up, that it become a mass movement resulting the most powerful religion of all today.

Every writer knows this: The more fantastic and sensational the story, the more likely it is to disrupt the lives of the people. I have yet to meet a single journalist who isn't fully aware that he creating "disturbances" that will -hopefully- have serious consequences. In fact, some newspapers seek to actually influence foreign leaders and countries, or at least the perception about them. And for that they need thousand of lesser media outlets and freelance writers who spread the word and syndicate the message. It's a perfect symbiosis. All the people who criticize FOX News watch FOX News every day. And then they pretend to not like it.

The only way to battle the mass media bias against foreign nations, naturally, is by ignoring the mass media. But as I just explained, not even the critics are doing that. They can cry all the want; in the end might is always right.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pattberg: Most Westerners have no idea of what ren, datong and tianxia mean

"Even the most educated Westerners may have no idea of what such terms as ren, datong and tianxia mean," said Thorsten Pattberg, a German philosopher and cultural critic.

The first book of a new series titled Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture is expected to shed light on the aforementioned issue.

The book, which is scheduled to be published by Beijing-based Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) in early June, translates 100 terms in ancient Chinese literary, philosophical and historical writings into English and explains them in both Chinese and English. Below each item, there are short citations extracted from ancient writings to illustrate how the expressions used to be employed.

The Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture Project was launched in December 2013, when the Ministry of Education, the State Language Commission and 10 other departments jointly rolled out the initiative. Over 70 renowned domestic and foreign experts in history, philosophy, literature and translation were involved in the process. [...']

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Plato had always designed for the philosophers to rule. Soon we might be looking at their dictatorship.

"Plato had always designed for the philosophers to rule. Soon we might be looking at their dictatorship."

German scholar Thorsten J. Pattberg explains the beginnings, the rise, and the future dictatorship of the 'philosophers:

Philosophy is a Syndicate:
At Big Think: Philosophy is a Syndicate

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Rise of the Western Press Soldiers in China (Part I) - Michael Forsythe

SINCE it got so ridiculous and militant in the Western press related to China, your author decided to put up a miniseries ‘Western Press Soldiers in China’ that will offer a satirical look at the most hopelessly sadistic and prolific anti-China propagandists in the US media...
Western Press Soldiers Michael “the Knife” Forsythe (NY Times)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Big Think in the censorship business: Big Brother and 'Orwellian Rules of Writings'

NEW YORK - BIG THINK censors censorship article, suppresses unpleasant research: #bigthink #nytimes #orwell #china

Article on US media censorship (style guides still advise: avoid foreign words) taken down by Big Think. Account closed. Profile deleted. Twitter blogged. More like Big Brother:

Critique of the NY Times's practice of Orwellian Rules of Writing and institutionalized suppression of foreign terms apparently isn't tolerated in New York media circles. New York Big Think, the knowledge platform, engaged in revisionism, took down the article, closed the long-time contributor's account, and terminated his profile. Censorship is wrong!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Philosopher Bazon Brock on the Hypocrisy in Western Media (MUST WATCH)

"The disgrace of 1989, 1991 (the fall of the Soviet Union), is that we thought we could do away with reality: Anything goes. We'll do what we want. The world is ours. They can do shit. We are doing the globalization. We are forcing anyone to submit to our point of view. And don't they ever dare to..." --Bazon Brock, philosopher


Happy times with Xu Guangqi and the MPG-CAS Scientists at PICB in Shanghai 2007

SHANGHAI - 今年是徐光启和意大利人利玛窦合作翻译的《几何原本》中文版出版400周年,为纪念这一重要历史事件,中国科学院、上海市徐汇区人民政府、中国科学院上海生命科学研究院联合发起纪念徐光启的活动,于10月14日至19日由我所承办“徐光启《几何原本》中文译本出版400周年纪念会暨《计算生物学中的异同》国际学术研讨会”。来自德国、法国、英国、意大利、日本、韩国、美国、中国等国家,涵盖数学、天文、农业、社会学等研究领域的近30位科学家共聚上海,与上海地区的学生们一起,纪念徐光启的科学贡献,探讨现代前沿科学。这是国内首次举办国际性的徐光启纪念活动。[...]
作者:Susan Xu    新闻时间:2007-10-17

Saturday, April 18, 2015

@NYtimes BUSTED Daniel A Bell #censored #westernvalues

Racism and Anti-China Policies at The New York Times

“Your students, Professor Bell, are all secretly reading Dr. Pattberg‘s essays on the liberalization of Chinese terminologies.” 

Daniel A. Bell, a professor of “political theory” (which really is the theory of power relations) at China’s Tsinghua University, is NOT helping correct scholarship, I claim, by prostrating himself before The New York Times‘s ‘Orwellian Rules of Writing’, and by (repeatedly)submitting China op-eds that are virtually, I mean linguistically and culturally, “Chinese-free”. {GO TO VIDEO}

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pattberg: O culto aos 'especialistas em China' (Pravda.RU)

PEQUIM - Há alguns anos, encontrei um alemão, em Harvard, que se vangloriava do próprio 'engajamento' na luta política, de uma palestra que daria em New York City, de como trabalhava duro a favor da liberdade para o Tibete e sanções contra a China. Que não havia direitos humanos na China - ensinou-me ele. Fiquei impressionadíssimo. Alertei-o para que não fizesse nada daquilo contra o nosso governo alemão, porque poderia ser condenado por traição. O homem balançou a cabeça com ar de profundo desprezo pela minha falta de fé democrática. 

Não é o único. Há um culto a intelectuais evangelizadores anti-China, no Ocidente, aqueles arrogantes cruzados determinados a construir golpes nas mais diferentes nações não ocidentais e usurpar quaisquer governos democráticos. 

Sobre a China, agem e falam como se estivessem acima da lei. Isso, porque entendem que o governo chinês seria corrupto, não eleito e comunista, vale dizer, ilegítimo. Assim sendo, por que alguém teria de respeitar o que a China faz, defende ou propõe? Além do mais, esses intelectuais evangelizadores pró-ocidente acham que ocidentais podem fazer o que bem entendam contra a China, porque os EUA comandam todo o aparelho de comunicação-propaganda 'midiática', o que sempre os salvará de qualquer dificuldade, caso haja. 

Os tais ditos 'especialistas' em China são hoje uma força política que faz oposição direta ao Partido Comunista. Formam ninhos e redes, com hierarquia muito forte e rígido código de ética: todos se autoelogiam uns os outros, 'retuítam' tuítes uns dos outros, fazem propaganda dos livros uns dos outros, e castigam furiosamente todos os 'traidores', que chamam de "elogiadores da China". 

Quando Yang Rui, âncora de um noticiário na rede CCTV, condenou as atividades de estrangeiros em Pequim, foi vítima de assassinato de reputação e, na sequência, mostrado por 'especialistas em China', em todo o ocidente, como exemplo do que acontece a quem se atreva a defender a China. 

No ocidente, grupos extremistas estrangeiros, de direita ou de esquerda, são atentamente monitorados e controlados. Mas que ninguém se atreva a controlar os imperialistas ocidentais. Alemães financiam separatistas chineses em Xinjiang; norte-americanos financiam separatistas no Tibete. Empresas da imprensa norte-americana até deslocam seus 'militantes' para Hong Kong, decididas a derrubar Xi Jinping, o presidente, a mulher dele e toda sua família. [...]

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pattberg on Orwellian Rules of Writing in the Western World

US media are desperate because most were kicked out of the Chinese mainland market. Now they are sitting in Hong Kong, complaining all the time and spitting their poison. They have no Chinese language skills north of kindergarten. They become English teachers or reporters. In teaching and reporting, their ego explodes. In their minds and writings they act as if the masters of the universe. But we in Hong Kong just call them this: "white trash".

Thursday, March 19, 2015



Wednesday, March 11, 2015


北京:知道孔子的人很少,不是说不知道他是谁,而是说不知道他做了什么。这个古代的老师有很多名字,如大成至圣文宣王、大师、孔夫子等。但是和基督教圣经中的圣诞老人尼古拉斯(Nicholas)或者(Santa Claus)不同,孔子不是基督教圣人而是中国圣人,更确切地说,孔子是圣人。
但是,即使在中国,也只有少数学者被称为“圣人”。这是因为这个词和概念被小心翼翼地从思想史中挪走了。对17世纪和此后的西方传教士来说,孔子被错误地当成基督教的神一样崇拜,因而是就像西方的圣徒杰罗姆(Saint Jerome)或本笃(Saint Benedict)一样的真正的“圣徒”。
1688年,蓝登尔·泰勒(Randal Taylor)写到“中国的起源并不是在大洪水之后不久,虽然如此,我们依然得出中国第一代居民很可能真正了解上帝和创世说的结论。”这是将中国完全基督教化的开始。时至今日,北京依然生活在2012年(西方人的耶稣基督纪年),中国人仍然庆祝圣诞节。与此相反,欧洲人中有谁知道今年是孔子诞辰2563年周年呢?

裴德思(Pattberg, Thorsten)、德国籍、男、1977年生、语言学者以及作家,北京大学高等人文研究院研究人员。北京大学文学博士。专攻中西方比较文化与语言文学。2007年毕业于爱丁堡大学东亚研究院,取得硕士学位。2007年考入北京大学博士研究生、2008年赴东京大学史料编纂所访学研究、2010年赴哈佛大学梵文和印度学系访学研究,2012年1月北京大学外语学院世界文学研究所博士研究生毕业,取得博士学位,博士论文题为《德国语境中的中国圣人概念》。

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Politeness, meekness, and eloquence won't help, Chen Dingding

Thorsten J. Pattberg
Politeness, meekness, and eloquence won't help, Chen Dingding. Your thoughtful response to David Shambaugh reminds me about Gu Hongming's 1922 genius attempt to explain to Sir Arthur Smith why the West was wrong about China. Next thing you know China lies in the gutters. That's because "a peaceful rise" is not China to decide. I say this a thousand times to Chinese scholars that nobody in the West cares what you think. Not even if its the truth. Scholarship, in fact, the history of the world, is not a string of truths, but a chronology of survivors. Chinese scholars either "westernize" or they will be ignored, marginalized, or, if they caused trouble, ostracized. You may take comfort in the fact that China isn't the only victim. There's nothing that those non-Western nations, governments, and their people can do; although, of course, most are still trying to please. The reality is, it never was about what they did or do; their mere presence (or shall we say "existence") as non-Western nations, governments, and people was (and always will be) the single most important factor as to why they were routinely patronized, coerced, and, if need be, attacked. 

Monday, March 9, 2015



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

裴德思: 但大部分中国人若与身处的社会割裂,并不会得到什么好处

[...] (翻译/Alison Yeung;编审/Nelson Cheng)