Zheng yongnian, Chinese intellectuals too impulsive in remolding the world

he thinks that Chinese intellectuals primary task is to understand the world. Mr Li, bestv’s chief executive, taken

was awarded bachelor of law, Peking University of China (1985), master of law (1988), master of Princeton university of political science (1992) and Ph.D. (1995). Harvard University in the United States in 1995-1997 for postdoctoral research. , a former researcher at the institute of the national university of Singapore, east Asia,, senior researcher at the university of Nottingham’s China policy institute, professor and director of research. The east Asian institute, Singapore. 15 monograph publications. English books include the technical empowerment: China’s Internet, state and society “(Stanford university press, 2007); The fact that federalism in China: dynamics of reform and the relationship between the central place (such as the world science and technology publishing house, 2007).

east Asian institute at the national university of Singapore, current zheng yongnian, director and former only of one wall lie between wang gungwu, director of the office. Both former junior scholars, study of Chinese history and reality, but each has its presence. Compared to the British gentleman poise wang gungwu, he still retains its plain of China’s rural breath.

he was born in yuyao, zhejiang province in the country, in college, has been living in the countryside. In 1981, he entered Beijing university international politics, reading professional of the international communist movement. From the city to the students dislike political at that time, and he comes from the countryside, and without fear of political, his interest in history including the history of the communist party.

at Peking University, zheng yongnian spent nine years: four years of undergraduate and graduate students for three years, teaches two years. In full of idealism in the 1980 s, he actively involved in reading magazine centered ideas discussed. He taught the western political theory, western political thought, is considered to be more sensitive to class at that time. In 1990, he thought, & other; Is no empty, rather to study in the United States. Throughout the &; Fortunately he applied for a scholarship to Princeton university, the full prize.

at Princeton university of political science at first a few months, he felt very not adapt. He did not touch a computer in China, but in the United States should not only use a computer to write articles, but also directly to write in English. But the teacher is very encouraging him, give him a lot of room for free. Doctoral dissertation on the topic of a mentor to zheng yongnian many choices space, the beginning, he wanted to study the effect of Nietzsche’s thought to the modern China, from the position of a Chinese interpretation of Nietzsche, later found: & other; I understand Nietzsche, not real Nietzsche. Throughout the &; So we have to give up. Zheng yongnian to the countryside is very understand, he wanted to study China’s rural reform, was later found to also do not go down: & other; Not unfamiliar, but too familiar. Doing the doing, there may be something emotional, not objective enough. Throughout the &; Finally, he put the topic to research China’s central and local relations.

race at Princeton, was a group of celebrities from China, how come out from inside the system, has rich experience in social and political. He talk to them directly learn knowledge system of China’s actual operation. Handy, Ph.D. Dissertation, from then on, he wrote in 1994 finished ahead of time. In 1995, graduated from Dr Zheng yongnian is supported by the foundation, to Harvard University, fairbank center did postdoctoral for two years.

Princeton as a xanadu, Boston is collected at harvard, MIT, Boston university and other famous universities, there are many academic lectures. Zheng yongnian specific goals, postdoctoral research project is China’s nationalism. The fairbank center, he went to the dining hall there old professor, he often saw Richard (Benjamin Schwartz), and have the opportunity to accompany the old man chat over a cup of tea. He regrets: & other; & lsquo; Learning & rsquo; Is a Chinese word, but the Chinese have to learn, not ask. I feel in the United States & lsquo; Learning & rsquo; , half is to ask. Throughout the &;

at Harvard University, he feels no boundaries between disciplines, he studied political science, also often go to listen to anthropology, sociology class. By contrast, he felt China university to share too. Lived abroad for many years, he has been thinking: & other; Why not just in China but throughout Asia, does not have its own knowledge system? This has something to do with methodology. We too often rote learning method of western education is of microcosmic, also has a micro education in the United States, but in the United States, there are a lot of system to make education both macro and micro. European immigrants set up is the social science of the United States, the European people put forward many ideas, run to the United States to do empirical research. Early western social science development from the 15th century later start to the modern times, Marx, weber and so on, to build a grand system, and then slowly development into the microscopic study, because only micro can have a new discovery. But China on the grand system has not walked, ran to the microscopic directly. This is & lsquo; See the wood for the trees & rsquo; . The Asian community now applied what is more, less original things. As of today, the world of social science or without China’s share. Throughout the &;

he and former director of the fairbank center vogel has a contact. Vogel’s Japan’s first academic works is not strict, but made him famous. Vogel wrote “Asian tigers” again later. At that time, he also to Asian tigers is full of interest, think & other; Tigers & throughout; Is a development model other than the west. Singapore is & other; Tigers & throughout; One, just right to Harvard University to recruit people, he thought of Singapore. By the end of 1996, zheng yongnian or postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, and began to run between Boston and Singapore at both ends. In 1997, he formally to work in Singapore. In 2005, he went to the university of Nottingham has set up a China policy institute, then called my Mr Wang gungwu, return to the national university of Singapore’s east Asian institute.

in Singapore more than ten years, he still Chinese citizen. He said he turned down the opportunity to many foreign citizenship. Since he can’t go to Singapore’s vote. But he praised Singapore system open: & other; Singapore looking for talent in the world, regardless of identity, as long as it is the real talent, will be absorbed. Throughout the &;

now, he at least once a month to return to China, and sometimes even once a week, & other; I was born in rural, but also often went to the countryside to have a look. Chinese studies, don’t have the feeling, grasp the bad. Throughout the &;

he likes to use & other; Understand China & throughout; To illustrate their long-term engaged in the research. In his view, the academic circle of Europe and the United States are hard to understand China. & other; Foreigners criticizing China is some, but are shallow. Foreigners explain China, like Chinese explain western, there is a cultural difference. I think should be the task of Chinese intellectuals in China. Throughout the &; But he doesn’t think himself as a public intellectual, & other; Chinese intellectuals reshape the world too impulsive, not enough to understand the world. Philosophers of the two tasks, one is to explain the world, one is the world “. To the world, to explain the world first to clear up. Chinese scholars explain the world isn’t doing a good work, but everyone want to go to the world, I think the main task of intellectuals is explains the world, is not to transform the world. The world is a by-product. I have been to explain China’s. Throughout the &;