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Debatable "Chineseness": Diversification of Confucian classical education in contemporary China

Wang, Canglong



© 2018, Francais sur la Chine Contemporaine China. This article discusses the ongoing debates about classics reading (dujing) in the revitalisation and diversification of Confucian classical education in mainland China. It begins by reviewing two disputes about dujing in modern Chinese history and then turns to the contemporary debate, focusing on how one professional and experienced practitioner expounded on the disparities in practicing classical education. The author summarises three controversial issues-(1) the relationship between the educative principles and methods, (2) historical legitimacy, and (3) the linguistic nature of Chinese language. Based on these, this paper reflects on the current dujing movement by concluding that the diversification of classical education has complicated the authenticity of "Chineseness" and rendered it a debatable public issue.


Wang, C. (2018). Debatable "Chineseness": Diversification of Confucian classical education in contemporary China. China Perspectives, 2018(4), 53-63.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 4, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 16, 2021
Journal China Perspectives
Electronic ISSN 1996-4617
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2018
Issue 4
Pages 53-63
Keywords Confucian revival; Dujing-classics reading; Classical education; Chineseness
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