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Translation vs. the power of Tao

In Europe there was the competition for the sovereignty over the definition of thought. Everyone wishes to discuss foreign cultures in their own term

In Europe there was the competition for the sovereignty over the definition of thought. Everyone wishes to discuss foreign cultures – but only in their own terms. It is very common in Europe to translate East-Asian literature not from the original, but from the English. The British had successfully disenfranchised the Chinese from their own traditions. So-called China studies was dominated and administrated by loyal scholars, syndicated throughout the English-speaking world, then repackaged as international scholarship and “global standard,” and shipped back to China.

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