What Would Confucius Do? What for that matter would Laozi not do? This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy ask these and other questions of Sam Crane, professor of contemporary Chinese politics at Williams College and author of the new book Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Dao. And given that this show explores uniquely Chinese ideas of how to live a life through right action, and how ancient Chinese philosophy might be applied to contemporary American ethical challenges, we're also delighted to be joined by Jeremiah "Honorable Mencian" Jenne, scholar of Qing history, popular China blogger and now director of the IES immersion program.

We really enjoyed our discussion with Sam and Jeremiah this week. If you do too and want more Sinica, be aware you can subscribe to our podcast via our Sinica RSS feed. You can also continue to download this and every other Sinica show directly from our site as a standalone MP3 file. Because choice is good.

 said on
November 16, 2013
Recommendations

Jeremiah:

A Short History of Chinese Philosophy, by Yu-lan Fung

http://www.amazon.com/A-Short-History-Chinese-Philosophy/dp/0684836343

Jeremy:

On The Media (NPR)

http://www.onthemedia.org/listen/

Sam:

Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy, by Stephen Angle

http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Confucian-Political-Philosophy-Stephen/dp/0745661300

Kaiser:

Call Tiananmen Attack What It Was: Terrorism, by Alessandro Rippa for The Diplomat

http://thediplomat.com/china-power/call-tiananmen-attack-what-it-was-terrorism/
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May 8, 2014
Really enjoyed this discussion. Managed to keep it near planet earth where the majority of we interested non-specialists live.

The discussions about Confucianism reminded me of this piece (http://nymag.com/news/features/asian-americans-2011-5/) and made me wonder if you guys ever did a "Battle Hymn" segment. If so, please post the title!

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