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忧中华62-国人是个聪明的民族吗?
我们常常因自己的平均智商据研究属于最高的族群之一而沾沾自喜,总觉得中国人真是一个聪明的民族。 可按老猿观点,国人总体而言耳目虽聪,却心智不明。 可不是吗,我们的国民教育程度节节升高,但我们依然似乎愚昧无知,几千年也摆脱不掉烧香磕头,普遍迷信的传统。 在日常生活中,一方面各种神棍大仙常常大行其道,一方面大小上当受骗者不计其数。 文盲者少,盲从者众;耳聪目明者比比皆是,心慧理智者凤毛麟角。 因此,我们并非一个非常聪明的民族,什么平均智商之类的玩意是当不得真的。
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我们常常因自己的平均智商据研究属于最高的族群之一而沾沾自喜,总觉得中国人真是一个聪明的民族。 可按老猿观点,国人总体而言耳目虽聪,却心智不明。 可不是吗,我们的国民教育程度节节升高,但我们依然似乎愚昧无知,几千年也摆脱不掉烧香磕头,普遍迷信的传统。 在日常生活中,一方面各种神棍大仙常常大行其道,一方面大小上当受骗者不计其数。 文盲者少,盲从者众;耳聪目明者比比皆是,心慧理智者凤毛麟角。 因此,我们并非一个非常聪明的民族,什么平均智商之类的玩意是当...
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忧中华60-国人真的勤劳吗?
我们常常自夸,中国人是一个勤劳的民族。表面上看,的确如此:我们可以一天至少工作12小时,一周干满七天,一年不休假也不在话下。无论国内国 外,国人的‘勤劳’有目共睹。 殊不知,我们的‘勤劳’并不是自觉自愿的。不是为了多挣几个银子,谁也不会甘心做挣钱机器。因此,说国人比别人‘勤劳’, 还不如说国人比别人更爱钱财。 真正的勤劳, 依老猿看来,乃是为追求兴趣理想,为履行义务而不计得失地付出劳动(如做义工),或作出不断努力(如创造)。
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我们常常自夸,中国人是一个勤劳的民族。表面上看,的确如此:我们可以一天至少工作12小时,一周干满七天,一年不休假也不在话下。无论国内国 外,国人的‘勤劳’有目共睹。 殊不知,我们的‘勤劳’并不是自觉自愿的。不是为了多挣几个银子,谁也不会甘心做挣钱机器。因此,说国人比别人‘勤劳’, 还不如说国人比别人更爱钱财。 真正的勤劳, 依老猿看来,乃是为追求兴趣理想,为履行义务而不计得失地付出劳动(如做义工),或作出不断努力(如创造)。
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房经:老猿如何避免租客骗局-2
到了12月16日,我收到 这位名叫 Diana Arteta的‘年轻’‘美貌’女大学生之父经特快专递寄自美国数额为 2,789.56美元的公司支票,我半信半疑到银行问我的户头经理,他说可以存,看来没问题,即使有,我不会有什么损失,但他提醒我必须在帐户上保留45天才能兑现,在此之前,这笔钱还不能算到手。 到了22号,这位租客 没有出现,但她来电子邮件要求我给有关货运公司汇钱,替她偿付运送她小轿车的费用,款子从她给我的美金中扣除。其间有几点使我疑窦丛生:1/汇款的数额(有小数)怎么来的没有解释;2/为什么不电汇或...
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到了12月16日,我收到这位名叫Diana Arteta的‘年轻’‘美貌’女大学生之父经特快专递寄自美国数额为2,789.56美元的公司支票,我半信半疑到银行问我的户头经理,他说可以存,看来没问题,即使有,我不会有什么损失,但他提醒我必须在帐户上保留45天才能兑现,在此之前,这笔钱还不能算到手。 到了22号,这位租客没有出现,但她来电子邮件要求我给有关货运公司汇钱,替她偿付运送她小轿车的费用,款子从她给我的美金中扣除。其间有几点使我疑窦丛生:...
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憂中華58-中国社会低俗化的根本原因
中国社会低俗化的根本原因 秦汉以前,中国人的社会粗分为3种人:最高统治者(天子王侯),贵族,
臣民。自从始皇登基,中国社会不断集权化,皇权化,贵族特权被剥夺,最终成为庶人,从而全体中国人的社会只剩下两种人,
一是孤家寡人的皇上,二是千千万万的臣民,中间再也没有对最高统治者言不必自称奴才,行不必点头哈腰,而且一生不愁衣食,事事讲究风雅的贵族。 没有了贵族,贵族精神,
贵族品味或贵族文化也就慢慢随之消亡,剩下来的只有在皇帝专制淫威下为苟且活命而无所不思其极,无所不说其极,无所不...
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中国社会低俗化的根本原因 秦汉以前,中国人的社会粗分为3种人:最高统治者(天子王侯),贵族, 臣民。自从始皇登基,中国社会不断集权化,皇权化,贵族特权被剥夺,最终成为庶人,从而全体中国人的社会只剩下两种人, 一是孤家寡人的皇上,二是千千万万的臣民,中间再也没有对最高统治者言不必自称奴才,行不必点头哈腰,而且一生不愁衣食,事事讲究风雅的贵族。 没有了贵族,贵族精神, 贵族品味或贵族文化也就慢慢随之消亡,剩下来的只有在皇帝专制淫威下为苟且活命而无所不...
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changming yuan: towards happiness -3
being happy is more than a physiological experience. although you may feel happy because of an physical stimulus in the form of a physical object or activity, that kind of happiness is physiological, and thus ephemeral. for i...
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忧中华61-国人是个勇敢的民族吗?
何为勇敢?依老猿看,即为了公义, 原则,理想,甚至利益而主动站起来在心身各方面与比自己更强大的敌对者相斗。按此定义,当今的美国佬不消说与‘勇敢’二字粘不上边。 反观国人,我们自古就不够勇敢:强大时我们讲究王道,很少欺凌弱小,而自己羸弱时永远是忍气吞声,委曲求全,从不挑战强者(毛泽东第一代共产党人 似乎是个例外)。 是的,国人有时也与强敌做生死之斗,但都是武松式的勇敢,即被迫地,在醉态或失去正常理智状态下,在毫无其他选择情景中奋起作殊死搏斗。 不过,武松式的勇敢只是一种生物自保的本能反应,根本谈不上什么勇敢。
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何为勇敢?依老猿看,即为了公义, 原则,理想,甚至利益而主动站起来在心身各方面与比自己更强大的敌对者相斗。按此定义,当今的美国佬不消说与‘勇敢’二字粘不上边。 反观国人,我们自古就不够勇敢:强大时我们讲究王道,很少欺凌弱小,而自己羸弱时永远是忍气吞声,委曲求全,从不挑战强者(毛泽东第一代共产党人 似乎是个例外)。 是的,国人有时也与强敌做生死之斗,但都是武松式的勇敢,即被迫地,在醉态或失去正常理智状态下,在毫无其他选择情景中奋起作殊死搏斗。 不过...
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忧中华59-国人性格扭曲的主因
但凡是人,只要生活在群体社会中,都不免有四大怕: 一怕家人不高兴或受到伤害; 二怕老板/顾客不给发工钱; 三怕惹上坏人坏事;四怕法律政府找麻烦。 除此之外,中国人自古似乎就比别人多了一大怕:我们怕官:平头百姓从不敢与官斗(逼上梁山者属例外),而在庞大的官僚体系内,下级怕上级,副手怕 正职,一直到宰相怕皇帝。 因为这个怕字, 中国人总说违心的话,做违心的事, 谄上欺下,前躬后仰,从没挺直过腰,两千年下来,我们只剩下扭曲的人格,早已失去了真实的自我。 但愿有那么一天,能像别人一样不再怕官,中国人便成了正常人了。
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但凡是人,只要生活在群体社会中,都不免有四大怕: 一怕家人不高兴或受到伤害; 二怕老板/顾客不给发工钱; 三怕惹上坏人坏事;四怕法律政府找麻烦。 除此之外,中国人自古似乎就比别人多了一大怕:我们怕官:平头百姓从不敢与官斗(逼上梁山者属例外),而在庞大的官僚体系内,下级怕上级,副手怕 正职,一直到宰相怕皇帝。 因为这个怕字, 中国人总说违心的话,做违心的事, 谄上欺下,前躬后仰,从没挺直过腰,两千年下来,我们只剩下扭曲的人格,早已失去了真实的自我。...
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房经:老猿如何避免租客骗局-1
去年11月底,老猿我在craigslist 上登了一则招租广告。次日便收到一封来自西班牙自称年22岁要来本地求学的女大学生的电子邮件。 我将其有关信息查证了一番,发现她所毕业的学校,专业,以及住过的城市等等细节在网上都是真实的,老猿我当然表示欢迎,但要求她必须先经过电邮扫 描与我签租约,并缴纳定金。几次来往后,她通知我12月22到温哥华机场,并希望我接机,她愿意付接机费。 同时, 她告诉我她在美国做生意的父亲不日将把600元租金及300元定金给我。因为她有部小汽车要运到温哥华,所需费用也会一并给我。因为一切听...
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去年11月底,老猿我在craigslist 上登了一则招租广告。次日便收到一封来自西班牙自称年22岁要来本地求学的女大学生的电子邮件。 我将其有关信息查证了一番,发现她所毕业的学校,专业,以及住过的城市等等细节在网上都是真实的,老猿我当然表示欢迎,但要求她必须先经过电邮扫 描与我签租约,并缴纳定金。几次来往后,她通知我12月22到温哥华机场,并希望我接机,她愿意付接机费。 同时, 她告诉我她在美国做生意的父亲不日将把600元租金及300元定金给...
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憂中華57-公民和臣民的主要区别
臣民的最大特点就是没有自己的独立人格精神,无论他们在社会结构中的地位如何,他们的人格,乃至精神生活总是依附与比他们’高等‘的人,其喜 怒哀 乐,进退取舍,言行举止大多取决于’上者‘, 比如下官’怕‘上司,宰相怕皇上。为了取悦于上,臣民可卑躬屈膝,一旦翻身,便可变本加厉欺凌下者弱者。因此,臣民心理非常阴暗,残忍,下作,卑劣,自 私。臣民永远没有,也不可能获得真正的尊严。 相对而言,公民的最大特点是具有自己的独立人格精神。他们为自己而活,在社会生活中用不着看别人的颜色行事;因为自认为与任何他人(包括最高 统治 者...
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臣民的最大特点就是没有自己的独立人格精神,无论他们在社会结构中的地位如何,他们的人格,乃至精神生活总是依附与比他们’高等‘的人,其喜 怒哀 乐,进退取舍,言行举止大多取决于’上者‘, 比如下官’怕‘上司,宰相怕皇上。为了取悦于上,臣民可卑躬屈膝,一旦翻身,便可变本加厉欺凌下者弱者。因此,臣民心理非常阴暗,残忍,下作,卑劣,自 私。臣民永远没有,也不可能获得真正的尊严。 相对而言,公民的最大特点是具有自己的独立人格精神。他们为自己而活,在社会生活...
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憂中華56-西方最大的人文区别
西方社会一直到中世纪都有不可忽视的中间阶层,即贵族,他们在最高统治者与平民大众之间起到缓冲或调和的作用,
更重要的是,他们从不必‘为五斗米折腰’,
可以自由自在地追求风雅,當骑士,搞艺术。而强大的教会对所有人的言行举止都有大致相同的约束。因此,西方的文化基因里具有悠久的平等意识及贵族
精神。 反观中国社会,自秦汉以来,其结构十分稳定,虽合久必分,分久必合,两千多年一直却只有两种人:皇上和奴才。奴才中虽又可再分为不同等级的士
农工
商,但士农工商本质上还是奴才,他们可参政...
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西方社会一直到中世纪都有不可忽视的中间阶层,即贵族,他们在最高统治者与平民大众之间起到缓冲或调和的作用, 更重要的是,他们从不必‘为五斗米折腰’, 可以自由自在地追求风雅,當骑士,搞艺术。而强大的教会对所有人的言行举止都有大致相同的约束。因此,西方的文化基因里具有悠久的平等意识及贵族 精神。 反观中国社会,自秦汉以来,其结构十分稳定,虽合久必分,分久必合,两千多年一直却只有两种人:皇上和奴才。奴才中虽又可再分为不同等级的士 农工 商,但士农工商本...
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Introduction
Founding Publisher/Editor-in-Chief:: Changming Yuan [pen name of Yuan Wumin], 7-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China, began to learn the English alphabet at the age of 19 in Shanghai, and published several 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. Since he obtained his PhD in English, he has been tutoring in Vancouver. Changming started to write poetry in English in early August 2004; since mid-2005, he has had poetry appearing in more than 800 literary journals/anthologies across 28 countries, which include Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry (2009, 2012), BestNewPoemsOnline, In Other Words, Istanbul Review, Kwani?, LiNQ, London Magazine, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Salzburg Review, SAND, Saraba Magazine, Taj Mahal Review, Threepenny Review and Two Thirds North. On the Remembrance Day of 2013, Yuan established Poetry Pacific Press (PP Press) at http://poetrypacificpress.blogspot.ca/ in Vancouver. Blogsite:: yuanspoetry.blogspot.ca

Selected 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 [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.

Recent Interviews::
1. Silver Blade [US; Dec., 2012] http://www.silverblade.net/content/?p=1779
2. Nostrovia!Poetry [US; Apr., 2013] http://nostroviawriting.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/interview-with-allen-qing-yuan-changming-yuan-managers-of-poetry-pacific/
3. Horrified Press [UK; Apr., 2013] https://www.facebook.com/horrified.press
4. PANK [US; Apr., 2013] http://www.pankmagazine.com/pankblog/interviews/the-lightning-room-with-changming-yuan/
6. World Poetry Cafe Radio Show - CFRO 100.5FM [Canada; 21 Jan 2014] htttp://worldpoetry.ca/?p=7447
7/ Driftwood Press [US. Apr., 2014] http://media.wix.com/ugd/d32313_9a31411fcdf
84c1988c6a9fe60ebb94c.pdf (pp. 34-35).

Co-Founding Publisher/Editor:: Allen Qing Yuan, Pushcart nominaee 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
2. World Poetry Cafe Radio Show - CFRO 100.5FM [Canada; 21 Jan 2014] htttp://worldpoetry.ca/?p=7447

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. Although temporarily blog-confined, PP is one of the most open-minded poetry outlets one can find: we welcome all kinds of poetry from any one across the globe; although a relatively new comer to the scene, PP will be one of the longer-enduring literary publications: it is at least a 2-generation project; although a highly humble starter, PP has great ambitions: it has been developing much faster than expected, and will expand into a serious publication to promote poetical/cultural exchanges between English and Chinese. 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.

WARRANTY & AGREEMENT

By submitting to PP, the submitter warrants that s/he alone has created the work s/he is submitting and that s/he owns all rights to it. The submitter will indemnify and hold PP and its staff harmless from and against any and all loss, damage, costs and other expenses arising out of claims, whatever their nature, resulting directly or indirectly from breach of this warranty. At the same time, the submitter/contributor agrees that PP can use part or all of his/her accepted material, including responses to PP's interview questions, on its facebook and/or other similar social networking vehicles for promotional purposes. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

* No author information except name and email address in your submission please - we follow the blind submission policy, and will ask you for a brief 3rd-person bionote upon acceptance, where we will include your email address unless otherwise specified;

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

* Although we wish to pay our poets and buy certain rights from them, there is no money exchange involved, at least not for now, except a genuine shared love for art and wisdom;

* Please send up to 5 of your best shorter poems each time by pasting them all 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 for virus/spam-related concerns;

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

* Our response-time is 30 days at latest, usually shorter than 2 weeks: since we never give anyone any 'rejection notice,' please feel free to do whatever you want to do with your submission if you do not get any response/acceptance from PP within 30 days after you send it over to us. In other words: only those accepted will get a reply.  -- Many thanks for your kind support of PP & 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. “Read,” 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];

AWARDS (Changming Yuan)

1.     “Extraordinary Poem Award (2012),” offered by The Sons of Camus Writers International for my long poem “Chinese Legends Modernized”

2.     “Hall of Fame Certificate (2013),” presented by Torrid Literature Publishing Group for my poem “Me & Sand,” [link:: http://torridliterature.com/2013_Members.html

PP PUBLISHING NEWS

The very first poetry collection published by Poetry Pacific as a literary press was released on 31 July 2013. Titled TRAFFIC LIGHT, authored by young poet and co-editor of PP Allen Qing Yuan, this book is available via lulu.com at http://www.lulu.com/shop/allen-qing-yuan/traffic-light/paperback/product-21138162.html - Thanks much for your support of the poet!


PP's PUSHCART NOMINATIONS (2013)

1. Robert Sheppard: Moby Dick
2. Koon Woon: A Season in Hell
3. Niall O'Connor: House
4. Stephen Page: Transformations
5. Diablo: The Doomsday 
6. Allen Qing Yuan: China Charm: For Yuan Lai 

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CY has survived numerous suicide whims
Education
  • 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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