Scholar Yu Qiuyu Publishes New Book on Chinese Culture

October 17, 2019
Editor: Wang Liyan
In Yu Qiuyu's opinion, a diploma does not refer to an academic certificate but the learning experience. Yu Qiuyu(L) speaks at a lecture on his new book in Shanghai last month. [ThePaper]


Chinese scholar and essayist Yu Qiuyu brought his new book Over 30 Million Streams to Shanghai in September, where he attended a lecture, sharing his views on the definition of Chinese culture and understanding in the new era.

The book compiles the context of Yu's audio course on Ximalaya FM, a Chinese audio product platform and systematically combs the past and present of the Chinese culture, including five units covering Chinese culture's definition, history and mainstream spirit.

Yu, also a teacher in the Shanghai Theater Academy, found that some postgraduate program applicants with ordinary educational backgrounds give surprisingly better performance than those from prestigious universities.

In his view, the essence of learning lies in the autonomous pursuit of knowledge. Yu said that as long as a course was elaborated in a complete and systematic way, and connected with the life of the recipients, it could become the recipient's brand-new degree.

Whether to read the classics that were recommended by the public was a personal choice, which should be respected, he noted.

Yu mentioned that the essence of Chinese culture was farming civilization. Despite the repeated civil wars, it had no aggressiveness and the culture has seldom been influenced by other nationalities. Therefore, the cultural basis has passed down relatively completely.

Another important reason was that Chinese culture pays attention to the doctrine of the golden mean, not to go to extremes, and always uses a flexible philosophy to address problems, he added.

In his eyes, the doctrine of golden mean does not seem distinct or strong; the slogan is not loud, the sentence is not wonderful, but it secures the survival of most people, and also preserves the long history of Chinese culture.

The third reason for the "longevity gene" in Chinese culture was the imperial examination system, he stated, saying that it guaranteed that a large number of managerial talents emerged every three years, which ensured the orderly continuation of Chinese culture.

The new book Over 30 Million Streams [ThePaper]


When talking about humanities, he said literature should not be a discipline but a literacy: "the charm of literature lies in creation, not in research. There are too many researchers in literature."

Yu said Su Dongpo was his most respected literati in ancient China and was quite talented in many fields, such as essay writing, medicine, Buddhism, painting and calligraphy.

He appreciated Su's attitude towards setbacks, saying suffering adds value to life.


(Source: ThePaper/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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