Lin Yutang & the New China

Is One Man's Legacy a Reason to Hope for the Nation's Future?

by David Marshall

As we move into what might one day be called the "Chinese Century," those of us who have had the chance to watch the newest version of this ancient civilization incubate see both troubling and hopeful portents of the character Chinese power might take.

A troubling sign comes from a survey I have conducted over several years, in which I have asked Chinese intellectuals which rulers they most respect. So far, more than half the votes have gone to bloody tyrants, including Qin Shihuang, who built the Great Wall and interred thousands of workmen in his tomb with him; Zhu . . .

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David Marshall is the author of several books, including most recently, How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story (Kuai Mu Press, 2015). He blogs at christthetao.blogspot.com.

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