The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture

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Allen & Unwin, 1992 - China - 162 pages
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Writing under the pseudonym of Bo Yang, Guo Yidong has been a trenchant critic of Chinese people and their culture since he fled to Taiwan in 1949. This is a collection of his speeches and articles, which blame Confucianism for these cultural ills. Included are responses from other commentators.

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Review: The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture

User Review  - Lynn - Goodreads

The book was written some thirty years ago, yet many things he said about Chinese and Chinese culture are still true today. As a Chinese, I find this fact rather sad and frustrating. Quite a lot of ... Read full review

Review: The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture

User Review  - Boysie Freeman (not my real name, it's just my Internet name) - Goodreads

If you are a Westerner and spend most of your time with people who are not Asian then this book is not for you. You have been warned. Most interesting parts of it cannot be translated into English. I ... Read full review

About the author (1992)

Author and human rights activist Bo Yang, which is his pen name, was born in Henan, China in 1920. He immigrated to Taiwan in 1948 and started writing a political commentary column in the Independent Evening News in 1960. In 1967, he was arrested for criticising President Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo. He spent nine years in prision and during that time he wrote numerous works on Chinese history. His best-known books include The Alien Realm, Yiyu (Foreign Lands), Soy Vat Culture, Shaking the Soy Vat and The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture. He was the founding president of the Taiwan chapter of Amnesty International and established the Human Rights Education Foundation to promote human rights education in Taiwan. He died of respiratory failure on April 29, 2008.

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