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忧中华183-中国人的清官意识
国人的另一个心理定势就是我们的清官意识。 不消说,这种 意识实乃明君思想的降格体现。 因为中国的官员自古从来都不是民选的,他们不是皇帝钦点就是上级指派,所以他们只是向上负责,对下则是层次较低的‘土皇帝’。换言之,因其产生的性质所定,中国的官员无不是皇权在一个部门、一个地方的专制代理。除了宋朝实行高薪养廉的政策外,其他朝代的官员薪俸都不高。 一者由于人性的自私,二则出于现实的需要,无官不贪便成了吏治的常态,清官也就成了稀有动物。 我们都喜欢清官,盼望清官,但是,没有制度上的合理设计,没有社会的有效监督,清官永远...
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忧中华182-中国人的明君思想
由于历史文化传统的长期熏染,中华民族已养成许多与之相应的自然心理定势,其中较为突出又值得注意并检讨者之一在于我们的明君思想。 是的, 自古以来,我们从无上帝的眷顾,渺小的个人又无能为力,世世代代只好把全部的希望寄托在“明君”之上,仿佛一旦适逢明君,我们便可尽享文景或贞观之治,甚至永乐或康乾盛世。人们不但可以安居乐业,社会时局还一片祥和。可惜,几千年下来,平均500年也难得一见明君,即使有所谓盛世,不是当朝者的有意美化或自我欺骗,就是历史家门的闭门造车。就个体而言,我们一直是只有责任义务、毫无权力尊严的奴才。 ...
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忧中华180- 国人精于人不精于事
也许是儒教或孔孟之道的缘故,中国社会自古就特别注重人伦关系,这一传统经过不断地发扬光大,到如今我们发展出全人类最为复杂精细的人际关系网络,最直接明了的证据就是汉语中令人发指的人伦指称,比如同胞中不但要分清兄弟姐妹,还有具体的排行;父母两边的亲戚有姑、舅、姨的区分;夫妻各边也有’内‘’外‘之别。 国人做事向来马马虎虎,为人却精到准确。称谓的复杂性说明我们’精人不精事’的文化倾向。 依老猿看,我们实在太过于讲究亲疏有别,太注重人伦血缘关系,如果我们把更多的精力投注到事情或工具上,我们的文明水平一定会比现在高许多。...
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忧中华178-汉字的文明密码
  作为思想和文化的载体及媒介,仓颉所造的汉字毋庸置疑是中华文明的最大基石,因为它包蕴着中华文化一切重要的文化基因或密码。 这是汉字的两大基本特点: 一、方块字。四方的形体无时无刻似乎都在提醒文字的使用者要四平八稳、方方面面、中规中矩。。。这一切显然都暗示着汉人严整的人伦关系和平稳的社会交往准则; 二、象形字。要么整个字,要么偏旁部首,原本都是某一事物的图形象征。由于这一基本特色,中国人的思维方式,包括各种中华特有的文化行为或思潮,如阴阳五行学说、风水、中医中药、武术、烹调、京剧等等都充满了象征符号,尽管其中...
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忧中华176-该丢掉祖先的牌位了!
在中国社会,骂人最凶莫过于骂祖宗八代,害人最甚莫过于刨人祖坟。其实,祖先和我们并无多大关系。隔了八代以上,我们肉体内的DNA与先人的相同之处早已微不足道,而精神上的传承也许还更多一点,更有意义一点,尽管这种传承并不需要肉体作物质基础,方家的后代也能传承孔子的精神。 有鉴于此,我们大可不必把祖先的牌位世世代代地供在庙堂,也无需为保存那些充满阴性物质或负能量的木条条而舍生忘死。至于祈求他们象天神一样地保佑我们或子孙,更是愚昧可笑的行为。 你骂我祖宗也好,你刨我的祖坟也罢,老猿我从小就无所谓。 活出我自己的生命价值...
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忧中华174-愚昧的祖先崇拜
祖先崇拜无疑是中华文化的核心内容之一,同时也是最具中华文化特色的行为。 兴建庙堂、续写家谱本可以丰富文化并对文化的传承起到积极的作用,但供奉灵牌、对之顶礼膜拜则是愚昧的作法。 就血缘或生物科学而言,经过数十代的杂交繁衍,后人还有多少祖先的基因早已微不足道。孔丘的80多代孙究竟有多少他的DNA没人去理会,验起来也毫无遗传学意义。 就个体生命价值而言,每个人有每个人自身的生命价值,不能依据别人的生命去换算。父子再亲,毕竟老子是老子,儿子是儿子,其生命就自身的价值上看并无关联。 因此,就像古今中外皇帝子孙的生命价值...
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忧中华181 -国人为何好空谈?
经老猿我早年所做的文字比较研究,发现中英文在动词方面展现出一个有趣的悖论: 英文中的动词丰富,在数量上远远超过汉语,但在实际语言的使用中,英文遣词造句更倾向多用非谓语动词,即有静态的名词化倾向;与此语言特点相反的是,英国人是一个更注重实践、不尚空谈的民族,他们注重行动,所以他们最先兴起工具的革命,最早获得科学的巨大进步。 反观中文,我们的动词相对贫乏,名词较多,虽然在言语实践中比英文更多地采用谓语动词,从而具有动态化的表达特点,但是,国人的民族习性却更好空谈,不善行动。 或许,我们把精力都耗在更动态化的言语行...
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忧中华179-‘我’字的人格含义
现今北人常自称‘俺’,南人则自称‘我’;古代书面语却统称‘吾’,而皇帝则专称‘朕’。 一个‘我’字,在英文中只有一个颇具特色的大写字母‘I',在中文里据统计至少有108种称谓,不知何时何地源自何人,我们可因人因事、因地方因场合将’我‘改称为’鄙人‘,’敝人‘,’不才‘,’学生‘,’为师’,“为父‘,’在下‘,’老子‘,’下官‘,等等等等。。。。。。 自称的多样性说明’我‘在中华文化里的人格建构有许多变化。首先,它说明中国人的变色龙性格-- 我们在不同的人际环境下’我‘可以是高高在上的’老子‘,也可是任人宰割的...
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忧中华177- 中国文化的基石
对西人来说,其文明一说有六大基石:古有荷马的史诗,希腊的神话和基督教,近当代则有马克思理论,佛罗伊德心理学和《金枝》。(依老猿看,《金枝》远不如牛顿的科学思想)。 中华文明呢?换言之,造就中华文明的最大基石是什么? 不肖说,见仁见智,不同的人有不同的回答。据老猿思索,除了地理环境,造就中华文明的最大基石有五:一是汉字,二是《诗经〉,三是老庄思想,四是孔孟学说, 五是(广义上的)科考制度。 依你看呢? 2016-03-13 周日
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忧中华175-死后敬孝实乃愚行
人死了,有关的活人采用各种各样的方式进行追思悼念,这当然是人之常情。 但是,如果这种活动社会化、仪式化、物质化就有检讨的必要。比如每逢清明节,家人后代和亲朋好友上坟扫墓本是个美好风俗,不过,三叩九拜,放鞭烧冥,大兴土木,甚至互相攀比则是一种可笑的愚行。 是的,先辈活着的时候我们应该多关心、多照顾、多敬孝,人死后一切皆空,除了心中的哀思,实在没有必要‘雇人哭丧‘,为面子讲排场,年复一年地大烧冥物或浪费钱财。 2016-03-13 周日
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忧中华173 -’孝’之危害(2)
前文曾说在恪敬孝道的实践中,过于强调‘顺’不但可能会阻碍人格的独立,还会扼杀个人的发展,助长沽名钓誉及形式主义。 其实,如果我们进一步检讨,不难发现我们的敬孝传统还有许多重大弊端。一方面会产生大量不必要的浪费。叩头追念,扫墓哀悼尚不失为美好的惯例,但是放鞭、放炮仗,烧香、烧冥钱冥纸、冥房冥车虽可搞活‘冥孝’经济,却毕竟是毫无理性的资源浪费;二方面还会造成严重的社会不公。有儿女的老人,尤其是如果儿女又有经济能力又有孝心,老人则可衣食无忧,安度晚年,尽享膝下之欢,但孤寡老人则无依无靠,只能自身自灭。一个文明的社会...
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Introduction
Founding Publisher/Editor-in-Chief:: Yuan Changming [pen name of Yuan Wumin], 9-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China, began to learn the English alphabet at 19, and published monographs before moving to Canada as an international student. While pursuing his graduate studies in University of Saskatchewan, he helped establish the Saskatchewan Chinese Monthly, and served as its chief editor until 1992. After obtaining his PhD in English, he began to work as a private tutor in Vancouver. In early August 2004, Changming started to write poetry in English and is now probably the world's most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes mainly in English: since mid-2005, Changming has had poetry appearing in more than 1,000 literary journals/anthologies across 38 countries, which include Amsterdam Quarterly, Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, Best New Poems Online, In Other Words, Istanbul Literary Review, Kwani?, LiNQ, London Magazine, Mahmag World Literature, New Coin, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Salzburg Review, Rowayat, Rusted Radishes, SAND, Saraba Magazine, Taj Mahal Review, Threepenny Review, Two Thirds North and Voice Israel Poetry Anthology. On the Remembrance Day of 2012, Changming established Poetry Pacific Press (PP Press) at http://poetrypacificpress.blogspot.ca/ in Vancouver. Blogsite:: yuanspoetry.blogspot.ca

Selected Solo Publications::
1. Chansons of a Chinaman [Paperback]. Murfreesboro, TN: Leaf Garden Press, 2009.
2. Politics and Poetics: A Comparative Study of John Keats and Li He [Paperback; Monograph]. Berlin: LAP, 2009.
3. Waiting [mini e.Chapbook]. Red Box Kite, 2012.
4. Landscaping [Paperback]. San Jacinto, California: Flutter Press, July, 2013.
5. Plein Air [Paperback; Micro Chapbook]. Origami Poems Project, 2013.
6. Mindscaping [e.Chapbook]. Fowlpox Press. October 2014.
7. Kinship: For Yuan Hongqi & Liu Yu [Paperback]. Seattle: Goldfish Press, May 2015.
8. Origin of Letters [e.Chapbook]. Chicago: Beard of Bees Press, May 2015. 

Co-Founding Publisher/Editor:: Allen Qing Yuan, 3-time Pushcart nominee and author of Traffic Light (2013), who was born in Canada in 1995, currently attends the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and, since grade 10, has had poems published or forthcoming in more than 70 literary journals/anthologies across 16 countries, which include Blue Fifth Review, Cannon's Mouth, Cirque, Contemporary American Voices, Cordite Poetry Review, In Other Words, Istanbul Literary Review, Literary Review of Canada, MOBIUS, Ottawa Arts Review, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Scotland, PoetsWest, Saraba Magazine, Spillway, Taj Mahal Review, Toronto Quarterly and Two Thirds North.  Blogsite: yuanspoetry.blogspot.ca

Publication::
Traffic Light. Vancouver, Poetry Pacific Press, 2013.

ABOUT
Established on the Remembrance Day of 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, Poetry Pacific is a literary ezine committed to promoting and publishing the very 'best' contemporary poetry in English it can find. Following a blind submission policy, Poetry Pacific is of, by, and for true lovers of words and wisdom. 

MISSION
Poetry Pacific functions to publish and promote 'the Best Contemporary Poetry in English' it can find.

DISCLAIMER
The opinions expressed by each individual published or interviewed poet/author in Poetry Pacific are the poet/author's alone, and do not necessarily reflect those held by PP.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

* All poetic and photographic works are carefully read/viewed year round on a rolling basis for PP's spring, or autumn issue, to be released respectively on 5 May and 5 November;  

* Multiple and simultaneous submissions, as well as previously published work, are all equally welcome insofar as you still hold the copy/publishing rights;

* PP is  not a paying market;

* Please send up to 5 of your best shorter poems each time by pasting them all together with a brief 3rd person bio note within the body of your email to editors.pp@gmail.com, or visual artworks as individual separate attachments. We will NOT open any attachments/files;

*  Please feel welcome to send us a query if, for instance, your accepted work does not appear as scheduled;

* Our response-time is 6 weeks or so: only those accepted will get a reply, and once accepted, please allow at least one year before submitting to PP again  -- Many thanks for your kind support & Gooooodluuuuck!

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PUSHCART NOMINATIONS (Changming Yuan)
1. "Chansons of a Chinaman," nominated by my first poetry book publisher Leaf Garden Press for a Pushcart Prize for 2009. [link::http://leafgardenpress.blogspot.com/].
2. "S. E. W. N," nominated by Blue Fifth Review for a Pushcart Prize for 2009. [http://samofthetenthousandthings.blogspot.com/2009/11/bfrs-pushcart-nominations.html]. Also, originally published by BFR, my poem "Last Single Sale" was selected for inclusion in Best New Poems Online;
3. "Word Collage: A Democratic Poem," nominated by Carcinogenic Poetry (Virgogray Press) for a Puschcart prize for 2010. [link:: http://virgograypress.com/2010/11/25/2010-virgogray-press-pushcart-prize-nominees/];
4. "SAWS: A Seasonal Poem," nominated by Wilderness House Literary Review for a Pushcart prize for 2011. [link::http://www.fictionaut.com/forums/general/threads/1448];
5. "Kinship: for Yuan Hongqi." nominated by Mobius, the Poetry Magazine for a Pushcart Prize for 2012 [link:: http://www.mobiuspoetry.com/prizeawards.htm];
6. “Red,” nominated by Yellow Medicine Review [http://www.yellowmedicinereview.com/] for a Pushcart Prize for 2013;
7. "Y," nominated by Sleet Magazine for a Pushcart Prize for 2013 [link:: http://www.sleetmagazine.com/selected/yuan_v5n1.html#Title1];
8. "Natural Confrontations," nominated by The Binnacles for a Pushcart Prize for 2013 [link:: http://machias.edu/binnacle];
9. "Y,'' nominated by Cincinnati Review for a Pushcart Prize for 2015 [link: http://www.cincinnatireview.com/blog/]

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CY has survived numerous suicide whims
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  • University of Saskatchewan
    English, 1989 - 1996
  • Tianjin Teachers' University
    English, 1980 - 1982
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    English as a Second Language, 1977 - 1980
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