Like It Or Not: We Are All Going To Learn Chinese
Dr. Pattberg explains why certain Chinese words are mandatory for global citizenship.
Dr. Thorsten J. Pattberg (裴德思 Pei Desi) is a German writer, linguist, and cultural critic.\r\n
He attended Edinburgh University, Fudan University, Tokyo University, and Harvard University, and earned his doctorate degree from The Institute of World Literature at Peking University. He studied under the guiding stars of Ji Xianlin, Gu Zhengkun, and Tu Weiming, whom he considers his spiritual masters.
Dr. Pattberg is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo; and a former Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Peking University. He is the author of four monographs 'The East-West dichotomy,' 'Shengren,' 'Holy Confucius,' and 'Inside Peking University,' and some of his representative articles are 'Language hegemony – It’s shengren, stupid!,' 'Long into the West’s dragon business,' 'China: Lost in Translation,' and 'The end of translation.'
China presents to the West an entirely new domain of knowledge. Globalization must make good use of it. Translators should abstain from translating Chinese key terminologies into convenient but ultimately misleading European words. Such past practice was used to maintain the West’s sovereignty over the definition of Asian thought.
But this is no longer an appropriate way when dealing with Chinese ideas. China is partly to blame for its absence in World history. Until now, the Chinese people did little to promote their own key words, concepts like daxue, shengren, and junzi. However, this is (slowly) going to change.
Watch Thorsten Pattberg explain the idea here:
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