Happy New Year and an Announcement
Happy New Year of the Tiger!
Traditionally the Chinese celebrate the New Year for 15 days – until the first full moon of the New Year – also called 元宵节 (yuan xiao jie). Yuan xiao jie occurs this Sunday (2/28). As this year’s New Year season winds down, I hope everyone has had a Great Time celebrating!
As the years and seasons come and go, I am reminded yet again of how time stops for no one, how precious it is to be alive, and how in being alive we all carry certain responsibilities to ourselves, our family, and to each other as fellow human beings.
Anyways, I’m rambling, because this is probably going to be my last official post here on Foolsmountain. Over the last couple of years, Foolsmountain has provided an invaluable place for people from all over the world to exchange ideas about China – in English. I’ve benefited tremendously from the wisdom and energy of everyone on this board.
Over the last couple of years, we have also seen the astonishing rise of China on the International stage. A cursory search of the Internet shows hundreds if not thousands of blogs in English relating to China!
What is missing though, in my view, is still the existence of a blog about China that articulates the Chinese perspective in a way that is engaging to audience in the West. What is also missing is that for more than a year now, Foolsmountain has been blocked in China – reducing the possibility for Chinese in China to participate.
So some of us have decided to set up a sibling blog to Foolsmountain where we both go backward as well as forward. We go backward in the sense that we are setting off to create (or re-create as the case may be) a new blog dedicated to presenting a Chinese perspective – i.e. to blogging for China (the original name of Foolsmountain was blog4china.org). We go forward in the sense that we will often be purposefully overlooking some of the ideological heated differences today between the East and West and focus instead on exploring a world assuming China continues to get stronger, more confident, and more influential.
Of course, inheriting the heritage of Foolsmountain, the new blog will continue to welcome competing perspectives, especially those that are well thought-out and well articulated. But the thrust of the blog will be on presenting a Chines perspective – whether they be original writings in English or translations of articles written originally in Chinese. DeWang will be joining me as a founding editor, but we recognize that our abilities and views are limited, and will be looking for others to join us in the future.
The url for the new blog is blog.hiddenharmonies.org. We are still getting started, but when people have time, over the next few weeks or so, please give us a visit when you get the chance. I intend to check in here once in a while, but given the time constraint we all have, I probably will not be able to spend too much time here.
On the other hand, LC and I have been collaborating for so long, I am sure we will find other ways to cooperate in the future. In other words, despite my rambling above, I would not bet too strongly against me completely disappearing from here!
Anyways – here’s a toast to everyone for the time we’ve spent together – for a new and prosperous New Year – for good health – for everyone to live meaningful, purposeful lives!
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