Evan Osnos: The Confucian Revival in China : The New Yorker
It is funny that only when National Studies Web goes public will arise people’s nostalgia of the culture that should be cherished. It might be exaggerated but not much.
Listen to this, “Qufu has adopted comparisons to Jerusalem and Mecca and calls itself ‘The Holy City of the Orient’. Last year, it received 4.4 million visitors, surpassing the number of people who visited Israel.” But, does this make Qufu more holy than Israel? Does this make Qufu the destination of our pilgrimage? What kind of pilgrimage? Is it political pilgrimage or religious pilgrimage?
When we put down all the culture and historical baggage, we will truly understand what should be “holy” for us as Chinese.