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Everyone’s a “China Expert”

Richard Wilhelm did great contribution to translation of Chinese culture. Do you know his motivation? Find answers here.

The German translator Richard Wilhelm wasn’t interested in introducing Taoism; but used Taoism or elements of it to introduce Richard Wilhelm himself. He even said that Asian thought was just waiting there to be picked up by more resourceful Western scholars first come, first served, and whatever he and his colleagues wrote and reported back to Europe would then almost inevitably become the point of references for generations of European scholars to come.

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