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Thorsten J. Pattberg

Research Fellow, Peking University

Dr. Thorsten J. Pattberg (裴德思 Pei Desi) is a German writer, linguist, and cultural critic. 


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.' 

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Rampant corruption causes headaches for China’s new leadership “They are notorious for deceiving wherever they can. […] Their frauds are most astutely and craftily performed, so that Europeans have to […]
Shengren, Junzi, Ruxue: The Chinese World is Coming Back in Full Circle “…the creator, when he arises, always finds himself overwhelmingly outnumbered by the inert uncreative mass…” – Arnold J. […]
How the perfect American Confucianism ought to be constructed BEIJING – There ruminates a discussion, from east to west, as to how the perfect American Confucianismought to be constructed. Should […]
China wants to challenge Anglo-Saxon monopoly on cultural soft-power? Don’t do it all in English! Why Zhongguo Meng, and not “Chinese Dream?” This we learn from history: Great powers (almost) […]
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