Further Reading: Discourse on Han-Tartar-Western systems of Thought, Part 3

Song Yuren (Centre left, beside the chalkboard), in an open lecture at the Elm Altar.

Song Qingsheng (宋慶勝), or more popularly known by his courtesy address Yuren (豫人), is a prominent speaker of Hanist thought in the Huaxia Restoration Movement. He is self-titled as “Researcher for the purpose of Saving Huaxia culture (华夏文明研救者)”, and a transmitter of the Standards Vessel sect of the Yi School (School of Changes) thought (易家制器派傳人). After his retirement from his post as a CCP local official, he has been actively studying, writing, and lecturing about the possibilities and necessity of a revival of Han Chinese tradition as a cultural backbone to restoring prominence and survival of the Han Chinese race. For the past two years, Song has travelled across China and Malaysia to give lectures in his discourse, as well as in ritual and etiquette of the Han Chinese tradition. In the details of this post is an example of his lectures, usually an hour long, on recategorizing discourse found in China into three major systems divided not by political spectrum, but as cultural groups. He notes as his conclusion that for the past two centuries, China has been continually experimenting with foreign systems of thought with varying degrees of success, but to ensure survival of the race, one must rely on indigenous virtues and discourse to ensure existance of the Chinese legacy in the future.

In this translation, I will attempt to maintain the grammatical structure of the original Chinese language (including the many redundancies found in public speech patterns), so that the reader can follow through with the original lecture (should the video come back up) without too much difficulty. If time permits, I will also translate Lecture 1 (on the morning of Saturday, October 24), which includes more detail on the defining of the three categories and examples in context (as well containing less subjective comments by the speaker), but the central idea remains large the same.

Source from: http://www.hanminzu.com/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=259765&extra=page%3D1&page=5
Source for Lects. 1 & 2: http://www.haanen.com.cn/bbs/dispbbs.asp?boardID=8&ID=74768&page=1
Original Seminar Video (now censored): http://v.blog.sohu.com/u/vw/3737402

Mr. SONG Yuren’s Han Lectures at the Elm Altar Series
Cultural Discourse of Han, Tartar, and Western Systems
(Lecture 3, Morning of Sunday October 25, 2009)


Venue:Every Saturday and Sunday, under the elm tree in the Zhengzhou City God Temple
Welcome everyone to the Han School Forum. We continue our talks from yesterday, which our primary discussion was on the basic concept of “Han”, “Tartar” and “West” – three major systems of culture. I see that there’s more people today, so I’ll recap. On our great land of the Central plains, for the past century, the division of cultural space has been primarily of these three major sects. What three sects are these three? One is our Han system of culture, another is called Da (Tartar) system of culture, and one is called Xi (Western) system of culture. These three systems might somewhat distant in many people’s minds, or may never have heard of Han-Da-Xi these three categories. That’s because in your mind the most you can see is the division within the Western system of discourse, such as the Republicans (Kuomintang), leftists, rightists etc. These are all within the Western system. Our classification is one that stands on a greater angle, perspective to divide them.

At a Glance: Song Yuren suggests three distinct streams of thought in modern China

To what does the Han cultural system refer to? It points to those that for the past few thousand years, on our great Central land, the tradition that has passed down to our Chinese descendents all over the world by our ancestors. Its formal name is Huaxia-ren [ie. People of Huaxia], and its smaller name is Han-ren [Han people]. From our ancestors and this great Central Plains is the original creation of our civilization. This system of civilization is created by settlers, and this system has been glorious for many years in history. From the Tang period onwards it has continually went downhill, and has also caused our race to lose our nation twice. Mongols and Manchu Qing has continuously ruined us twice, and until this very day we have still not yet redeemed ourselves. Sun Zhongshan [Yat-sen] has led us to overthrow this foreign regime, but our Han system of civilization has still not yet been truly restored nor truly returned. This points to the Han system of civilization. Han Civilization has its basic bottomline, what bottomline? That’s the wish to have the Central Kingdom to become strong, to rise, and only by finding our ancestor’s true lineage of Huaxia civilization, and to borrow Western technology et cetera, to truly call it have risen. This is its bottom line. Therefore in history they do not recognize foreign regimes as the true lineage of Huaxia. Their first generation of slogals is “Repel the Tartars, restore the Central Flourescent [culture] (驅除韃虜,恢復中華)”. If you admit that the Great Yuan Empire, or the Great Qing Empire as Chinese [Zhonghua], then our ancestors would have been chanting utterly ludicrous claims. If the Qing and Yuan are all Zhonghua, then why the heck do we still have to “repel the Tartars, restore Zhonghua”? Isn’t that a race of silly retards? Aren’t all our ancestors born retards? This is what is meant by Han system of culture.

What is meant by the Tartar system of culture? This “Tartar cultural system” is different from what is the Tartar race. The Tartar race points to the nomadic herders that span east-west from our Northeastern provinces to Hungary, and the hunter-fisherman wanderers that flock north-south, from the Arctic to our yellow-soil band. They are generalized as Tartar races, because they pillage on the backs of their horses. “Tartar” is the sound of horse hooves. But this civilization, this Tartar civilization is not their original creation, since Tartar races have never entered real phases of civilization in history, neither have they created any original civilizations, nor do they have any cultural systems. So what is their system? Yesterday I have said, if you use modern language to explain, they are all called barbaric systems [man-hua tixi 蠻化體系; Song previous explains that this is the antithesis to “culture” wen-hua 文化”, since it uses violence to conform others rather than peaceful, intellectual means]. Everything they have is attained through barbarianizing (蠻化) conquest, not through civilizing (文化) conquest. All they rely on are knives, weapons, maces. They do not have any theories or systems to change people. Why is there a Tartar based civilization nowadays? The background of this Tartar civilization can be traced to the appearance of Buddhism, or Islam. After Buddhism appeared, it was later expelled out of India, and after that it has wandered to our place, entering the realm of what was the domain of Tartar races then. When it entered the Han domains our people did not accept it, because we had our own civilization – Han system of civilization, and wouldn’t take any of that stuff. When it entered the Tartar races’ domain – which is current territory of the PRC, of course, but in history they are territory of Tartar races, not ours – taking the Xianbei as  example, they have completely accepted the Buddhist system wholesale. Because they originally do not contain any contents of civilization, after they have accepted Buddhist civilization, their Tartar race has begun attaining a certain degree of civilization, and a cultural system. This cultural system along with their Tartar races’ brute strength entered the Central Plains, which afterwards, they started to alienate our Han system of culture. After several hundred years of dissimilation, castration, and reform, our Han cultural system has been successfully remade into a Tartar-based cultural entity, and its representative work is in the Siku Quanshu system. Their set of values – Han and Tartar – where is the difference? Our Han cultural system is the original creation of our ancestors, whereas Tartar culture is the culture created under their values and morals, resulting in a castrated and reformulated version of Han system of culture. These are two different cultural systems。

Now what is the Western system? The appearance of the Western system is a bit later, because although their history goes back to early times, they can relate all the way back to the ancient Greeks, as well as the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Roman systems of civilization. Taking Western European as the representative icon, these racial groups, through the Cultural Renaissance, through the Industrial Revolution, they have found and restored their ancient culture, as well combined and created a civilization based on post-Industrial Revolution culture, forming the present Western system of culture.

These three major systems of culture have played on the stage of our central land for over a century. A hundred years or more ago, the system on top was the Tartar culture, and our Han culture was eliminated. Western culture back a hundred or so years ago have successfully made its way into China. Back then the Tartar system and the Western system have contested in a life-or-death struggle against each other. The results of that struggle – what have they struggled out in the end? That is the so-called “Guoxue [national-studies, normally translated as “Sinology”] system” we know today. This national studies is the studies of the Great Qing nation, it is not our Han system of culture. These three systems have appeared synonymously at one point in time, and have underwent a brutal Great Game. At the end of the Qing, our Han system have successfully overthrown the Tartar Qing under the “Expel the Tartars, restore Zhonghua” slogal, creating Yuan Shikai’s Chinese Empire (Zhonghua Diguo 中華帝國), Sun Zhongshan [Yat-sen]’s Republic of China and today’s People’s Republic of China, and have struggled internally, struggled until our Republic, Mao Zedong’s Repbulic today. The Tartar system was at the inferior position at the time, at the end of the Qing, because it was overthrown by us, but it was revived several times. The Tartar system has successfully brought up Zhang Xun‘s restoration, despite that it was only for a short time; and later on it brought up a Manchukuo very successfully, along with collaboration of the Japanese they have made a Manchukuo, but along with the Japanese failure they have also disappeared.

The 56 Ethnicity Pillars during the 60th Anniversary of the PRC. The Han pillar is on the left, with people taking pictures in Hanfu to disapprove of their image as promoted by the officials.

But ever since the Open Economic Reforms, this Tartar culture system has returned in high profile, and for the past few decades to now, whenever you turn on the television you see praise for Manchu Qing, those who invaded the land, and those Han collaborators [Hanjian 漢奸], all as heroes of the great ethnic coming together, and then priase that something they call “the Great Ethnic Solidarity”. Yue Fei is not a hero of the Zhonghua race, and our Great Wall is a construction of narrow-minded racial nationalism, et cetera. They have been in especially high profile for the past few decades, because along with the establishment of the Republic and the People’s Republic, this Western cultural stream has attained absolute superiority, while Tartar and Han systems have been suppressed. But with the Open Economic Reforms the Tartar system they have been reacting in high profile, developing unto what we see as 56 pillars on Tian’anmen Square today, 56 pillars of equal diameter, reducing the Han people from the core race that overthrew the empire of the Manchus, establishing the Chinese Empire, Republic, and People’s republic, into one fifty-sixth of a people. Cultural speaking they are successful, the Tartar system has been especially sucessful, as within these few decades, in these few decades of Open Economic Reforms. Western culture, because the Republicans and the Communists both use Western ideology to govern China, naturally they are at the highest level. This is the situation where all three systems exist concurrently. At the transition from Qing to Republican era it went through a violent contest, but in the past few decades, Western ideology has taken the upper hand, and Tartar system has been rising since the Open Reforms, and so the Western systems is declining. But what is fortunate is that in the past efw years the Han system is beginning to be noticed on the horizon, and possibly in the not-so-distant period, these three systems’ violent struggle will reappear, as history often repeats itself.

These three systems of culture each have their bottom lines, which I’ve explained yesterday. What are their cultural bottomlines? Western culture believes that to have China strong, rising, only what can save China? Only democratic and socialist ideology can save China. To sum it up, only the stuff of Westerners in both the East and West, mixed and imported can save this Central nation. Their judgment of history is: For several thousand years, I don’t care whether you are Han or Tartar system, you are all material of feudal superstition, and are all backward cultures. This is the typical bottom line of Western belief. If you want to disapprove a cultured person disciplined in this sytem, all you need is this one question and you will hit the spot and know to which system he or she belongs to.

Artist's depiction of Ran Min, a famous Han general-turned-king in the Five Barbarian invasion period, most known for the massacreing of millions of Xianbei in retribution over the slaughter of Han in the number of tens of millions. A renewed interest by post-80's young people in the historical figure sparks doubts on the PRC's standards on ethnic heroes and traitors.

What does the Tartar cultural system believe? What is its bottom line? They believe that regardless of Han or foreign, whatever regimes it establishes is the legitimate inheritor of China, and particularly emphasize the legitimacy of the Great Yuan Empire and Great Qing Empire as especially so, and sing in high praise of what Han history writes as “the Five Barbarians Invasion of China” as a great ethnic solidarity, singing in praise as a great ethnic coming-together, and taking our heroes who resisted foreign invasion and degrading them as narrow racists. They believe that only foreign blood transfusions and this so-called ethnic solidary, this coming-together can save China. This is their bottom line.

What is the bottom line of the Han line of thought? The Han system’s bottom line is, that only our ancestral and historic tradition since before Han and Tang times is the true legitimate lineage of China, hence when we say that later on when Song and Ming restored the country, when they restored Zhonghua, it is contrasted and compared with pre-Han/Tang times as the basis to restore Zhonghua China, and never recognized foreign regimes as legit inheritors of the Chinese tradition.

These are three different cultural sects, and determine three different ethnicity groups’ interest backgrounds. Why do they have to hold onto these systems? It is because it is beneficial towards the race. If one throws away the Western system, then the people who have been studying Western thought in the past hundred years, including their descendents and inheritors, will have little to no place in China in the future. If the Tartar system was suppressed, then the Han collaborators back then would be in the wrong, and truly become Han collaborators [ie. traitors], and their descendents and students of their schools would have little to no space in future China. This is where group interests and benefits are, and any culture has its own interest backgrounds. The Han system of course also has its own, because asides from the 1.3 billion of us on this planet, asides from the ones who have become Han collaborators and ran off to the Tartar and Western systems, there is still the interests and objectives of the Han Chinese. Only by admitting the legitimacy of our ancestors can we forever guarantee the legitimacy and core value of us as the representative facet of this Central Nation. If we are not able to hold fast onto this system, then us Hans would become only one fifty-sixths of a people on this land, and our future People’s Republic of China would become a “Chinese Ethnicities’ Republic of China”, and then changing even further, becoming a “Manchu People’s Republic of Qing”, or “Islamic People’s Republic”, or perhaps “Uighur People’s Republic”. Why is this? Every race on this land are equals, hence any one of them can set up their own republics. However, the Han system of thought will never subject itself to this perspective, for we have since ancient times, for several millenna, from cavemen to now, the arterial though is the single tradition of Huaxia people, and this is the real Chinese lineage. There are individual periods in history when foreigners have invaded, but those are only temporary historical periods of occupation. These are the basics of the three series of thought.

As for today, we will discuss the current state and future of these three systems of thought, a basic trend. This is because any country or group, an organization, is not just about meddling with economics, or just about military, or military. One must also meddle around with culture. If an organization can not manipulate with culture, then it is for certain to be eliminated. It could use another person’s culture, and somewhere along the line, it will have to invite someone else to help with fiddling around with culture. Why is this? It couldn’t properly form up a culture of its own with another’s, just like us in the present day, studying the good things from Westerners, learning its technologies, and eventually you will have to invite Westerners to give you pointers, admitting that they were the original inventors. Look at us in the past few years and our economy, we have invited many economic experts from the West, because if we didn’t, we will still all become but another’s student. Students are still different from the teacher, and along the line they will eventually have to invite the teacher over. Hence when we’re talking about something like this culture thing, any organization and race must have its own culture. If you do not play with your own culture, and only play with another person’s culture, at the end, no matter how rich and strong you become, you are still the vassal, the periphery of that other. Cultural stature is much higher than that of military or economic stature. Now, how are the three systems like in present day China?

Let’s take a look at the Western system first. This Western system is the cultural system primarily represented by [Western] Europe and present-day America, but also has a lengthy historical background with the ancient Greeks and Rome. This culture, ever since the Industrial Revolution, has broken through the lines of Arabic defense, and found a route to China from the ocean, and they have constantly lived in high profile, risen in high profile, in our Orient. Why is this? Back in that time, the representative of the Orient, our Huaxia people, has been eliminated, and the one that still had potential in the East were Indians, Japanese, and Manchus (Qing). Because us Huaxia people back then were in a state of having lost our country, hence we can say that we have never confronted with Westerners directly. Back when the Ming dynasty was yet to be eliminated, there were Westerners who have explored our lands, but once they have met with the Huaxia Chinese they have all obediently went home, because once they confronted the Huaxia people, they obviously could not sustain themselves for long. The Ming navy of the day is comparable to that of the US navy today, and it was in a position where it could dominate the globe. But by the time of the Qing, all of a sudden it degenerated back into a tribal period, a barbaric period. Hence we say that when they [Westerners] came they met no opposition, successfully conquered India, conquered Japan and the Great Qing Empire. Hence as their race grew potent, their culture rose in the East, and hence it is said that it formed a fad of studying the West and Western culture in the Orient.

(We won’t talk much about India, since India is not related much with our discussion.) The Japanese spent a hundred years of escaping Asia and entering Europe. What does that mean? When the Japanese back then saw the strength and size of the West, it was not as stupid as the Qing Empire Manchus, and gave up fighting (The Japanese have a good trait: this ethnicity loves to study off of others, and follows whoever is the strongest. Because it is an island nation, it inherently has this feature). Back then when us Huaxia was powerful it followed us, and you can see that Japanese traditional culture is largely our Huaxia culture. When they discovered that Westerners were even more powerful, Huaxia was eliminated (note that they didn’t follow the Qing, because the Qing was not strong. The Qing were barbarians who learned how to govern China on the spot, and Japanese looked dow upon them from within the heart, and never learned from them). Therefore when they found that the Westerners were strong, the Japanese followed suit to study Western things, for an entire century, and brought up a slogan called “Escaping Asia and Entering Europe“, and did not want to be a part of Asia anymore, and want to become a European instead (this implies on a cultural basis, since one cannot change one’s race – how could one change race?) Therefore they studied under Westerners for a hundred years’ time, a hundred years of Meiji Restoration. After that one hundred years, it discovered that it is not without its own problems. What problems? The Japanese found that, after all this time studying the Europeans, getting its technologies, one still has to imitate their regulations and standards, and what happens after they’re learned, one still has to learn their civilization. So when everything from the Westerners are converted over, are we still Japanese? Are we still the people of the Yamato?

Therefore that time the Japanese have reflected, and have come out to a conclusion, and that is to rediscover their Yamato spirit. That’s because for these one hundred years their Yamato spirit is missing, you couldn’t find people wearing Kimono on the streets, and you couldn’t see its Samurai anymore, you can’t find anything anymore, and the symbols of Japan are gone, and they’re all on the verge of becoming Western things. So the Japanese began searching for the Yamato spirit. The Japanese were very successful and did successfully find their Yamato spirit back, and ever since it has risen in power. It began to combine itself with the seven other European nations and conquered the Qing Empire. After beating the Qing, it began to fight with the other nations. They defeated the Germans, the Russians, and who later on? They defeated Britain. Therefore all of a sudden the Japanese have an elevated sense of ethnic pride. The Japanese at this time suddenly gave birth to a new idea, what idea? That is, “our ancestors once followed Huaxia to survive in the world, and it was great then, but the Huaxia people today are no good today, so we now follow Westerners and we succeeded, and then we successfully found the Yamato spirit that we’ve learned the essence from Huaxia, and we’ve defeated the Western powers.” So what did it start to do? They’ve got a new big idea: Let’s become the head of the Sinic cultural circle, just like how originally the King of Zhou ruled all under heaven, they brought up the idea of a Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, and its point was to expel Westerners, to rebuild the glory of the Asians, which in actuality is the Han civilization circle’s glory. It privately encapuslated this large thought and started to move, and began towards the Europeans, and gradually towards the entire Central land, undertake a large military campaign. In actually was an attempt to restore this sphere of civilization, with it [Japan] being the head of it all, because it believed that the Hans of China was hopeless, that they are used to being slaves under the Manchu Qing regime, and no longer want to make a comeback. Japan believed that if the Manchus could reign over China, as well as the Han Chinese, and the Hans admit it, then if we were to take over, then the Hans will approve of it even more. Why is this? Our bloodlines are much closer than the Manchus. If not, then that would seriously only because they seriously do not look up to the Hans from the bottom of their hearts. Japan almost succeeded. If had not the Americans had the two atomic bombs, then they might as well have eliminated Japan completely. Back then Japan combined our powerful Huaxia culture with cutting edge Western technology, with these two exceptional bodies combined, it formed the golden decades of Japan. However, since it is an island country and ethnicity, its population, as well its way of thinking, is insufficient to sustain this world they have created, hence we are to say that it was inevitable that it would end in failure. However, this has already proved that Western cultural system’s strength on our side of the world.

Along with the rise of Japan, the Qing Empire had to also start learning Western stuff. (Why is that? The Qing didn’t learn from the Westerners, so the Westerners beat them with cannons, Eight-nation Alliance, Anglo-French Expedition, all them nice guys – they all unite up together, and beat the Qing up until it couldn’t find its own arse. Those guys dare to only take ten to twenty thousand troops to fight the bohemoth Qing Empire, and beat them until the royal family scurried away with packs on their backs. If you had seen the books written by the commanders of the Eight-nation armies, you’ll burst laughing. They are puzzled, since of all the places they have fought (and the European powers have certainly fought everywhere, hence meeting many ethnicities), regardless which race they faced, powerful or weak, rich or poor, they fought to literally the last person, but lost only because of inferior weapons. However, when it came to the Qing Empire the strangest thing happened – the regular citizen just stands there on the side and spectate, and no one dared to fight. If you say that you are transporting provisions, they will push up a cartwheel and help you carry it. Once you say that you are going to beat up the Manchus, even better, the Hans will actually help the eight-nation armies to fight. Now why is that? They didn’t know the background as we know today. Back then us Hans, we hoped for nothing more than the eight-nation armies to overthrow the Manchus and feed it to the Europeans. Just what the heck of an attitude was in us Han people back then? A lion came by to eat the wolf, for the wolf has harassed us for several hundred years, and the lion is coming by to eat the wolf. This was the idea the Hans had then. Our history also has a reprise which we call modern Yugoslavia. When NATO was attacking Yugoslavia the same strange symptoms appeared. Also, when the Americans attacked Iraq, and its military are about to bomb them, none of their citizens are like us back in the day when we just pick up a shovel or a gun and follow Mao Zedong to war – they just stood there and watched, dabbing on a big smokepipe and watched with a pair of binoculars. If they say that at noon they’re going to bomb a certain building, they’ll surround that building and stare at it, and “boom” came a guided missile. Oh it didn’t hit, American guided missiles aren’t said to be accurate all the time, and could tend to at times go astray, “hey, it didn’t hit, American technology isn’t accurate.” The Americans are a mischevious bunch too, the day before they bomb someone they first airdrop some fliers, saying: tomorrow at this certain time in the afternoon, I will bomb this building, who lives there, I’m here to bomb so-and-so, and you innocent innocent civilians get as far as you can. Why do you think the people all stand around to watch the show? That’s because the ruler and the ruled are not united at heart. Back then when the Eight-nation Armies were beating us, why the heck do you think there were civilians helping them? Within the ranks of the Alliance armies were actually Han regiments, except you’ll never find them in historical records. Some of the armies there were Han Chinese, helping the Allies fight the Manchurian Qing regime. The Hans then wanted to smack the Manchus with boulders every time they see one, now think why would they help the Manchus fight? The ones helping them fight the war were but only few Han traitors, and so when the Qing went game over, they too, went game over.

The Qing Empire’s doors were literally blasted open by cannonfire, and since they had no doors they had to start learning things from the West. And once they were learning it they didn’t take it seriously, because of Empress Dowager Cixi – this person, to these people, are very cunning, never underestimate the Manchurian Qing, because they started off as hunters, and this race is a race of fisherman-hunters, and the most cunning people in the world are hunters, as they constantly have to struggle and outwit wild beasts, and they are the most sly people in the world, and they knew clearly that they didn’t dare to study from the foreigners. Why is that? Once you start learning the Westerner’s knowledge, since the Manchu Qing people didn’t get it – because they are a backwards people, covered in lard when they entered in China – they couldn’t at all learn the whole deal from the Westerners. Once you open the country’s gates, the first to learn the Westerner’s things are definitely the Hans, and once the Hans become educated, then their Great Qing Empire must come to an end, and Empress Dowager Cixi knew this full well. Why do you think she insisted not to open the country over her dead body, and not study from the Westerners? In the end, when there seriously was no more gates to speak of, and you couldn’t fight over them, the Westerners’ unique trait kicks in – if you don’t do business with me I’ll ‘clean’ you up, beat you up, and after you get defeated you still have to do business with me. You’ve been defeated, and the ports are opened, aside from business, you couldn’t block them and their culture from entering, their technology from importing. Therefore, at this time, the Han Chinese stood up. The Hans have been harassed and pressured by the Manchu Qing for 200 years, and ever since the Westerners beat their way in, the Han began to rise up, and started to learn Westerners’ things.

Ethnicities along the Tartar cultural system in this world are at a disadvantaged situation due to one event, many may not know, what event may this be? That’s that the inventions created by Western races after their rise – what did they invent? They invented the repeating heavy machine gun. After the Westerners invented this thing, the Tartar ethnicities are rendered completely incapable afterwards. Why? Their advantage is in the cavalry. These ethnicities are comparative more barbaric, neither do they fear death, and charge along the backs of their horses, and were a considerable threat back in the age of cold weaponry. But when the machine gun came out, no matter how weak a race may be, even the most civilized and tame race, even a little girl could pull the trigger. You see that he (pointing at a member of the audience) may be laughing hard, but you go give him a knife and tell him to cut 200 throats (in cold blood), and he won’t be able to do it. I guarantee you that. Even the most awesome Han Chinese figure, say, Zhang Fei, he couldn’t do it. Give a culturally Tartar person to do it, don’t even mention history now, let’s talk about Urumqi and Kashgar, the people there could cut a hundred Han throats with a knife without breaking a sweat, but when the “hot” weaponry – the machine gun is out, they’re completely useless. Why are they useless? When you look that the ones who die on the street from cut throats are all Han, right? Just grab a sub-machine gun to go, and the dead ones are them, rest assured. That’s because our guys from the Central Plains, our MP warriors and PLA warriors, as small and weak as they could ever possibly be, they know how to pull the trigger of an SMG. As good as you may be with a knife you couldn’t withstand a shot from a sub-machine gun. Nowadays, it’s even more impressive, now the West has developed to what kind of level, we have guided missiles, and the missile doesn’t even have to be launched in the vicinity. You could let a girl sit an office with a computer terminal. Press a key, and a city on the other side is gone, right? Now the barbaric nation is even more useless, because these barbarian races, they couldn’t understand learning this stuff, therefore I say back then the Qing couldn’t be helped. If it could be helped, they wouldn’t just open their mouths and tell their Han subjects to go learn the Westerner’s knowledge.

Therefore to some degree, the arrival of Western cultural and its technological systems, to some extent has saved our Han race. This is why us Hans are just like the Japanese, having learned from the Westerners for a century, because us Hans could clearly see that the Japanese have become an impressive people from learning Western knowledge. Us Han people, ever since we defeated the Qing Empire, we have started learning Western knowledge, and eliminated the Manchu Qing regime after learning this Western stuff. After the Qing was removed – the Hans are still smart, don’t underestimate these people like Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong, the Han leaders are all smart – the two Parties, Kuomintang led us to learn the urban culture from the Westerners, [the Communists] led us to learn from the Westerners’ rural cultural stuff, all nice and well, and in this hundred years, and to this day we have completely learned everything from the Westerners’ cities and villages. You say that Westerners know something that we don’t? We know how to make atomic bombs. We also know how to dance disco. You tell him what do we not know? Right? There’s just one thing that we didn’t learn. What did we not learn? We did not learn to rediscover our spirit like the time when Japan rediscovered the Yamato spirit. Only now, we discover that total Westernization is undoable, ever since the Zhao Ziyang Incident, we know that total Westernization cannot be done. In actuality, both the Republicans and the Communists felt it.

That’s why for the past few decades there has been a return to traditional culture. In actuality, it is just like the time when Japanwas searching for its own national spirit, we are now searching for our Zhonghua spirit. But at this time, what appeared? These past few decades we’ve seen Western culture on the decline in our land – it was originally rising – but it saw an actual drop after the point with the Zhao Ziyang incident. Western culture starts to decline. This is what although that nowadays, we still see a lot of people rambling about how democracy is a good thing, Christianity is a good thing…right? There are lots of people advocating such, but in the real upper levels, its cultural field, there are still a lot of commoners who believe that total Westernization is an untakable path. What is “total Westernization”? You go learn their technology, and that’s not good enough, so you go learn their civics and systems. After learning their civics it’s still not good enough, so you go learn their culture, and in the end you become a Christian country. Because you don’t have the Christian civilization background, you can’t manipulate with their stuff, and no matter how hard to try to play around with it it becomes half-baked either way, so you don’t know how to play around with it. Unless you convert even the cultural background over, the Protestant background, then that’s called “total Westernization”. Right now, that is essentially rejected by our cultural scape.

But what we have here is a strange phenomenon, different from Japan. Back then Japan they were searching for the Yamato Spirit, and they found it as soon as they strove for it. Why is that? They had this very spirit in history, and was never previously eliminated – Japan was never eliminated by another country – but we are different. When it comes to finding the Zhonghua spirit, we’re in a tough situation. Why is that? We have been eliminated several times in history. If you want to say that you want to find the Indian spirit – now that’s trouble – India has been conquered and eliminated many more times than us. It has been conquered by tens of nations, and that’s why India up to today couldn’t find its own [united] culture. Han culture is a bit better off, since we still have still a couple hundreds of millions of us, and although we just shook off the shackles of slavery, we still recognize our ancestors, and that makes it a whole lot easier. But when we start searching, the problem appears. In the past few decades when we started searching for it we found trouble – who did we find? We found a counterfeit Zhonghua. The phenomenon of Tartar-based culture. Let’s talk about the Tartar system of culture next.

What actually is Tartar culture? That’s to take the name of Zhonghua, and is the most heavily promoted “Chinese traditional culture” we see today. Its great background is in the Siku Quanshu system, and its representatives is in current Guoxue [“Sinology”], Classics reading – with the public’s most well-known pieces like Di Zi Gui, Twenty-four Filial Exemplars, these are all Tartar-based culture, which stands on the basis of morality of the invaders back then, teaching how to have the Hans become slaves, and let them eternally rule the Central Kingdom, and not to have it oust the rulers away – not to have the Hans oust them away – and so created this cultural system. How is the cultural system like today? In our mainstream cultural scape, and on the altars of our temples, it has absolute advantage. As long as you are a cultural worker taking wage from the country, you won’t find half a person in ten thousand who isn’t within this kind of people. As long as you are a public figure in university and television, lecturing people about culture, and you won’t find half a person who isn’t in this system in a million. What are they singing praise to? Their target is like, for example, how the First Emperor of Qin united the country, the great ethnic solidary of the Tang Dynasty, and how Genghis Khan united half the world with the Great Mongol Empire, the so-called Golden age of Kangxi-Qianlong,  those people like Zeng Guofan and Lin Zexu – they sing in praise of these kinds of things. What do they teach the kids? Di Zi Gui and Twenty-four Filial Exemplars. What do they promote worldwide? These are all Guoxue.

With a glance, you ask: Isn’t this all knowledge of the Hans? Even Western Sinologists say so, isn’t this the scholastics of you Han Chinese? Well, they’re not wrong, because if you look at it, they are indeed Han Chinese scholastics. If you look carefully, it is actually far away from the Hans. You think the professors over in Cambridge and Yale researching Sinology equates to the scholastics of the Han Chinese? They stand from the moral judgment of their Western morals, and stand from the values of the Westerners, to see our ancient knowledge of the Han, researching this knowledge. What went right and what went wrong, is all based upon their set of values to judge, all set by their standards. The Siku Quanshu system, as well as our own Guoxue system, is like fifty steps laughing at a hundred, since the Tartar system stands on the morality of the Manchu Qings, standing on their values to judge the things from the Han antiquity. What the Hans said as right they have to say it’s wrong, and what is wrong they have to say it’s right. Our Han history criticizes the Qin dynasty, as a harsh regime – but they have to come out and say that the Qin Dynasty is a united rule, a great dynasty. We say that the Hans in the Tang dynasty made a fatal mistake, to rely on foreigners to protect our borders and resulting in the Anshi Rebellion, and they say it’s an ethnic conglomeration. You see that Li Shimin is not a narrow racist, and as soon as you see him repair the Great Wall as soon as he was installed, they will say that the Great Wall is narrow racism, a construction of narrow-mindedness. Just look, since when did ‘our Kangxi-Qianlong golden age’ fix the Great Wall? It’s only you Hans that fix the Wall as soon as you get in power, narrow-minded. Don’t just see that they’re holding that one book – they stand from a different perspective, with different morality, different values, and their conclusions are all different. Also, the books they hold also contain quite some content in them, since the Siku Quanshu is originally the creation of our ancestors. The Siku Quanshu is a creation by the Manchu Qing after burning most of our Han classics, and what it couldn’t burn, they distort and interpolate, and rewrite all over, according to their set of values, rewriting things to teach how the Hans could become slaves et cetera. How can that be our property? People who hang the sheep’s head to sell dog meat like this are everywhere, not just this line of thinking.

But this system dares not to underestimate, for it has followed and seen the failures of Zhao Ziyang along with the Open Reforms, otherwise known as the overall failure of Westernization. It rises in high profile, and to use our perspective – our Han perspective – to say, it would be a crazed attempt at restoring the old order (復辟). To what degree has it recovered? Asides from singing in high praise for the Manchu Qing dynasty, and disgusting the hearts out of Hans, now it has completely removed national hero status from Yue Fei. So who’s the hero of the Chinese people now? Shi Lang, Wu Sangui, Shang Kexi, and all the good stuff. Recently, there’s this bunch of figures, and who would stick in halfway? There’s Qin Kuai, and if you go even further down the line, there are experts who go saying, these are the real great heroes of the Chinese people [Zhonghua Minzu], the real great contributors to the solidarity of the Chinese people. If not had been narrow racists like Yue Fei and Wen Tianxiang, the Zhonghua minzu would have conglomerated much sooner, and we wouldn’t have to wait until today to have the fifty-six equally large pillars at Tian’anmen Square – we would have it since the Song Dynasty! This is the mad self-pride of you Hans! Therefore their standpoint is, if you want China to become strong, then you have to make it so that the Hans are completely gone, let it become virtualized, let them join with other ethnicities when and if they want to, and those who can’t you just classify them as nationless, and China will be strong. Whatever is said in the Chinese tradition in Chinese history are all wrong. They say that it is definitely a mistake to classify Li Shimin as Han, he should be Xianbei. Why is that? Because he has people on his mother’s side who are Xianbei. Saying that Mao Zedong is Han is also wrong. Why is that? Mao Zedong may have members on his mother’s family side who could be Naxi. Now why is that? There are Naxi people in Hunan, so could he have definitely been a Han? Now, they say Zhu Yuanzhang is Hui.  What kind of person is Zhu Yuanzhang? According to some sources they say that Zhu Yuanzhang has a certain menu that contained no pork, so for certain he’s Hui. He also has a wife who some suspect may have been muslim – believes in Islam – so Zhu Yuanzhang is Hui. Such ridiculous things, you don’t know how many of theese the Tartar system keep weaving out. Believe it or not, it’s become a trend in ancestral temples across the country. As long as there is someone famous in history, they are not Han. As long as history says that they are a dynasty of Han people – they’re all fake – this Han people never existed. This is all because ever since the Xinhai Revolution [of 1911], and the ancestors of that so-called Ming dynasty, they fabricated it all – a fabrication of the Han rulers in power. This is what it’s become today.

The current situation is extremely frightening. Culture, in my standpoint, is 99% in the control of the Tartar system. You say something like my perspective, they’ll never let you speak out loud. The past few years have been slightly better, since I can speak under this tree – they said that as long as you aren’t afraid of the tree crashing down on you, go ahead – but you can’t speak your point if you leave from this tree. If you speak in my perspective, the perspective that the Hans love, the Chinese around the world love – would they dare to let the television station let you speak? Would they dare to let you speak in Lecture Room? They let you insult Han this and that way on Lecture Room, and if you say that Hans are legitimate, then fine, they won’t let you speak. But once you get out of the country things are different. Look at how the overseas Chinese are inviting me. Of all the scholars they could invite, they invited me to go lecture. “Then of all China, only you, old Song, can have a reasonable conclusion; and the other lecturers all come to talk about Guoxue, and all of them talk about the Qing.” Them overseas Chinese are disgusted when it comes to mentioning the Qing, and we all have taken the Qing and praised it as the real tradition and all that. It’s only been a hundred years since we overthrew the Qing, and already this is happening. If you think about the future another hundred years ahead, and there’s only one dope of a cultural person like me left alive, and suddenly I just went “boom” from a car collision, there won’t even be a dope like me on this world left, right? Who else can still talk about this whole set of ideas and talk it into the minds of Han Chinese?

That’s why I’m saying that this race is already at an endangered moment – losing our military is not frightening, since if we lost it, all we need to do is give birth to one more child and we could pick it up again, right? If we lose our economy, that’s not frightening either – it’s actually quite easy, as long as the population is restored, give them both [kids] some seeds and two oxen, and the economy will kickstart itself again. Just look at old Deng and his Open Economic reforms, with a wave of his hand, and what we produce now the world can’t even finish buying it up. Why is that? Our Han race has been an industrious people since ancient times. Us Hans spend a good half of our effort in production, and even if the rest of the world stop working, they can still have buy endless amounts of stuff. Back in the [Southern] Song we had just that bit of land, a blip in the south, and us Hans occupy 75% of the world’s total production. If you let loose a little free development for the commoners now – free thought, the stuff that Hans produce now, I estimate that not even another planet would be able to consume it all. We are an industrious people, we’ve been like this since ancient times. Why do you think people like to rob us? If you look in history the enemy come rushing at us on their horses one after the other, and our ancestors couldn’t block it even after spending great effort to build a Great Wall, one coming after another to rob our stuff. Why is this? Because we are rich. Have you ever seen a thief steal from a broke man? Have you seen a robber plunder a broke man? Nowadays, some robbers are a bit more stupid, they don’t steal like this. When they see a poor man on the street they rob a bit – they get 30 cents a time. Back in the time when I was overlooking local judiciary, I’ve caught people who have been sentenced for a few years over 30 kuai, I told him: isn’t that such a loss, why didn’t you go rob a landlord when you had the chance, but you went to steal from a commoner, and you get a few years sentence over several bucks, what for? You have to learn from them barbarians from the ancient times, and pick the rich ones to rob. If China is rich then rob China, if Rome is rich then rob Rome. What the heck are you robbing from polar bears and seals in the Arctic for? All they’ve got is goosebumps and more goosebumps, what good are you getting out of robbing them? So even our bandits today are backward, degenerated. This is to explain the current situation with our Tartar culture, and I won’t go into more examples. If I am to list them all, then us Hans will go bawling – us Hans have been the most cultured race for thousands of years, and now we’re one of the most culture-less people, using only other people’s culture, and furthermore, using other people’s nondescript culture, or the generalized stereotypes of our culture by others, and we kowtow to it today.

Now we’ll talk about the current state of the Han system of culture. Although our Han culture has been glorious in history, our past in Han and Tang have been very glorious, and our periphery cultures all learn from us. Even until the Ming dynasty, and after we’ve restored ourselves [today], we are still essentially the most exemplary in the world. That’s because the tens of nations around us, they all consider us to be the superior nation, a hundred years after we were wiped out many countries didn’t even know, and many countries still thought the Great Qing was the Great Ming. Because back then there was no telephone to notify them all, and since our fleets went far, they all know about this superior nation of Ming, and what an impressive civilization it was. Just like today, the people deep in the mountain valleys still think that the PLA was the Republican Army – they didn’t even know that they’ve been liberated.

As for what was glorious in history for the Han system, we won’t talk much. Today we’ll mostly talk about the current status. What is our current status? Our Han system of civilization, if you go to Xinhua Bookstore to find books, I can guarantee you that there isn’t one book in 80,000 that speaks along the Han line of thought, and if you go to the universities to find a professor, or a specialist in the Social Sciences Academy, I can guarantee you that there isn’t one Hanist thinker or professor in 80,000. This is our situation. Who has ever since an academic rallying for the Han Chinese? That old man over there said, I’ve seen one, there’s an old Song under an elm tree, and I say you’re wrong – I’m not a professor, I’m an old fat teach [transl: Mr.Song makes a pun here – 教授 jiao-shou, or professor, is played with shou 瘦 (skinny). He uses the antonym and calls himself a teach-fat 教胖 jiao-pan]. But I’m asking about professor, not an old fat teach, if you’re talking about an old fat teach then there’s me under that tree, but those who teach us Han Chinese to become all the more skinnier, then those are called professors. I’m teaching us Han Chinese to fatten up, this is called a fat teach. How could that be the same? How could the two be the same? Our current situation is frightening indeed. Look at the tiny Hui ethnicity today, 18 million people. [Of these] Several million people, they have thousands after thousands of Alim in their ranks, public service units, cultural units. We are a race of 1.3 billion people, plus a tad over a hundred million overseas. 1.4 billion people, and you couldn’t find a person fighting for this ethnicity’s well being, or a cultural person writing books fo the sake of this ethnicity. After seeing the current status of this race, do you still think we are great, and glorious? Compare that with some ethnicity in the southern parts in the midst of the mountains that only have several thousand people, those Tartar and Western cultural people will send people and work units to go create a set of culture for them, and develop a few cultured people. Over on your Han side, as long as there are one or two cultured people who spring up to speak on behalf of the Hans, they will come get you immediately. They will say that you are a narrow racist, damaging the cultural solidarity. Isn’t that a strange one?

This is our tragic side, but there are places where we can be happy about – we can’t say that we’ll all kill ourselves in our tragedy, right? There are also spots to be happy about. What’s to be happy about? For the past few years, along with the high profile of the Tartar system’s return, some of our Han cultural system’s younger members, some of our cultural people outside the government, as well as some inside, have begun to make a comeback, and made a strong comeback at that. Although there isn’t a lot of people, and our teams are not large, and the cultural system is not perfect, but we have made a struggle to the death. We are a people 1.3 billion strong after all, a culture of several millennia after all, and since it’s only been a hundred years since the Xinhai Revolution – and it was the Xinhai Revolution that we’ve been glorious. Although that generation has been exhausted with the Revolution and the War of Resistance against Japan, but that doesn’t mean our Han line of culture is extinct. Us Hans have a trait, that our ancients had explicit learning [transl: mainstream schools of thought, e.g. Confucianism] and obscure learning [transl: the “killer weapon” of classical Chinese studies, e.g. prophecies and aspects of Yi schools], and in our most difficult times we have had families of obscure learning scholars, who grasped onto the existance of the Han cultural lineage, and come out in a certain time. Therefore don’t say that we are in despair when we look into the current situation. There have been times a lot worse than now – the Five Barbarians causing chaos in China, The Mongol Empire, the Qing Empire – these were times when the Han were treated much worse. Nowadays, whatever they say, at least we still have politics, military, and economics, these are still mostly in the control of us Han Chinese, just that we don’t have culture.

This culture thing, as long as there is a historical tradition, it is just a matter of calling for an awakening, a restructuring. This is fairly simple. It is difficult to hypnotize a group of people to sleep: The Manchu Qing took many years for that to happen, and the most intense 30 years took massive amounts of killing to do, but killing does not put one to sleep, so they went through various literary inqusitions to distort our civilization, creating the Siku Quanshu system, and took two hundred years to finally put us to sleep. But to wake us up is easy, in the short recent few decades, the Han rebound has already woken up many people. Just search online – the Hanist movement, the Hanfu movement, the Race-saving movement et cetera. You can find that there are ethnic Chinese worldwide participating in this race-saving movement. As long as we’re alive, we can’t just sit wide-eyed and see the results of the revolution overthrowing the Qing reverted without a single shot. From a Chinese Empire, to the Republic of China, to the People’s Republic of China, we’re soon to become a Ethnicities’ Union of China, and later on probably a Manchu nation of Qing, without a single bullet shot. How many of our martyrs died in Xinhai, in order to have us today? How could we just let it pass without a bloody fight, just because they have a television station, and several writers to conjure up a theory or two, and do away with the Han Chinese and the country? The Hans won’t just sit there, they will resist.

But this time, our resistance is different from our Xinhai Revolution martyr ancestors. That’s because the previous one was a violent resistance, and a restoration by military means. This is a restoration of Zhonghua by cultural means, so it requires several things: for the past few years, we believe the results have been good, the effects have been good. What is one of them? One is to reorganize and compile anew our ancestor’s civilization, because our ancestor’s civilization was alienated by the Manchu Qing far too much, distorted too much, so it essentially became unreliable things. We can only rely on Master Kong’s saying, “If ritual is lost, search for it in the peripheries”. Old master Kong said it: when our Huaxia [tradition] is wiped out there is still a way, don’t trust what others wrote, search for it ourselves in the wild. Our citizens haven’t been completely wiped out, and our vassals back then weren’t wiped out. Many of the people who have studied our culture are still here, and many of those countries are still here. So we can say that we can still find many of our ancestors’ legacies from the periphery. As for the distorted Classics, since the ones who composed them were the Han collaborators, but still they have the same Han blood as their ancestors, so a portion of these people while dealing with their conquerors, their invaders, still left us with a bit of content, a bit of our real past.

So the key point is a matter of identification, and this is the synthesis. This is the first step. If you don’t synthesize the whole thing together, then you won’t have an idea of who exactly were our ancestors, and what was our civilization. If you look at the Manchus’ set of Guoxue as our own tradition – if that happens, say if you father wants to eat meat, then you should kill your own son. The Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars say so. if your mother is hungry, then you go bury your son. If your mother is sick then you should take some of her feces and try eating it. Can that be called an ethnicity? That’s just a bunch of idiots. If our ancestors’ civilization was like this, then I think that the elites of May Fourth did exactly the right thing, and we should’ve smashed everything and became Westerners, since their stuff isn’t half bad. How could this stuff possibly be our ancestor’s past? We have to find our real inheritance from our ancestors, and think of ways to revert the distortions created by our invaders. This should be the key.

CJK Summit Conference 2009 & Painting Exhibit (Oct.10), picture from Huanqiu.com: the Korean and Japanese First Ladies are dressed in typical national attire, but the Chinese First Lady's image is made somewhat outcast.

So that is synthesis. What happens after synthesis? We have to restructure, reorganize these data. We have to set up pillars and girders and such, see which is authentically Han. Our tower got robbed, and another built another tower that’s messed up here and there, so we have to reshape it. Remould it, and we structure it, and rebuild a new tower, rebuild a tower that belongs to the Huaxia civilization. This is the point. Looking at the few years we’ve been reorganizing, and we rebuild it, all the good stuff, and we look at it: oh wow, it’s completely different from the the Qing’s Siku Quanshu‘s tower of tradition. Many people say at first thought: Nice, but don’t you see that your stuff look more like the Japanese or the Koreans’ creation? Right? It doesn’t look Chinese! They haven’t said anything wrong, since all the scholars in Beijing hold this viewpoint. The Beijing scholars keep telling people when they couldn’t win an argument: Those all aren’t Chinese, they belong to Japana and Korea! They’re not at all wrong either. Why is that? Because they learned it as a smaller imitation of us, and what they’re using now is what our ancestors used, so if you say that the true Huaxia civilization looks like them, then you’ve only reversed the equation, since there’s no situation when you say that the grandfather looks like his grandson. Right? It’s that the Japanese and Koreans look like our stuff. How could they have learned something that looked nothing like our past, right? If you take the stuff we use now, it looks a bit like Karl Marx’s stuff, can you say that Karl Marx’s idea looks like ours? Our culture and the Japanese and Koreans’ – this framework, like the wheel mould, and if it’s close, then it’s right. Since it’s originally part of the same cultural circle, and if it doesn’t look the same then it would be wrong. Just look at the heads of state for China, Japan, and Korea put together, the first ladies stood together, and in the middle Wen Jiabao’s wife stood there, all good, just like a clown, and that’s our servant back then. A servant grabbed from outside. Our young people of the three countries, Chinese, Japan, and Korean are celebrating, and them Japanese and Korean kids all dress in Kimono and Hanbok, and one of them look energetic as ever, and the other one looks like an aristocrat. Ours all wear a little Magua, and they look like clowns, like those hunters lying in the valley trapping furs. Nowadays when we talk about traditional culture, that’s the Qing Empire’s traditional culture, not our Han Chinese traditional culture.

The greatest benefit of the Han system now is after all these years, us Han people are beginning to wake up, for we can’t just gape at our own cultural system being pulverized, and we have to act like our forerunners. Our ancestors have restored Zhonghua a good several times, and if our ancestors could do it, why not us? We aren’t stupid, right? It’s only that right now we don’t have the same amount of power as them. We can resynthesize, and reform, but what after? Develop human resources, we have to develop people. You see that nowadays we’ve made many websites, these good things on the websites. The Westerners have developed this Internet, is like the time when they’ve invented the machine gun. It’s a good thing, since without the Internet, our Han system rebound, even with the rebound nobody would know within these past 8 years. How could we have been successful if our youngsters and university students didn’t know? Now that we have the Internet they’re unstoppable, since you write an essay and send it out, oh boy, instantly, within a few minutes, Chinese people around the world watching this topic would know, and the youngsters would start talking in there. Don’t think for a moment that young people are stupid. The young ones today all drank milk growing up [referring better education and nutrition], and their brain development isn’t half bad. He knows what’s good and what’s bad, and in the end he’ll say: Oh right, I’m a Han too! Why are all these things around me putting us Han people in such bad shape? Originally not knowing what the heck was going on, he starts reading these essays, and he goes oh, so it’s because of this, and you have someone who has awakened.

What is this process called? It’s called awakening. Synthesis, reorganization, development, awakening. They have to be taken step-by-step. So what can you do with just this cultural system? Without any of the younger people accepting this system, you can’t awaken anybody, and if you can’t even wake up your own people, who else could you awaken? Who do you think is going to come save your people? Only your own ethnicity’s future generations can do this job. Therefore the Han system’s basic view is: only us Han people, our Han culture, can save China. Why is that? Because China since ancient times belongs to us Han Chinese. Our ancestors have died in the hundreds of millions, if you count throughout history our people have died in the billions, to build this Great Wall to protect our Central Plains, to protect our core land. If we look at our forefathers, they’ve still got some fight with them and their Mausers, and when it comes to us now, could we just simply give up? In any case, even if that’s not my own view, many younger people are slowing coming to accept our views, and now our race-saving movement is building quite the momentum.

What’s the even better thing? The Official Party at least still haven’t forgotten that they are a regime built upon the Xinhai Revolution. A regime that was based on overthrowing the Manchu Qing Empire to establish a Chinese Empire, Republic, and People’s Republic. That’s why from Taiwan, there’s an idea, that we have to abandon this feud within the Western system, and both sides of the strait recognize our traditional culture, with the sage kings Yan and Huang, the legitimate Zhonghua. And this is the only way out. Right now Taiwan has brought it out, Ma Ying-Jeou’s first tactician has already brought this idea out. We still haven’t made a formal response from our side, but we haven’t rejected it either. The Japanese have also suggested it, saying that us Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans – the traditional Sinic Circle – we have to reunite, and the mainstream of Japanese thought has already started to change, and that is that it’s no longer entering Europe, and wants to rejoin Asia. They’re expecting that if the mainland rises up, and restores the Zhonghua tradition, then the China-Japanese-Korean circle, this Huaxia circle, is comparable with any competitive cultural group in the world. Now that Japan has suggested it, China and Korea haven’t expressed any objection, and went straight to work. At first economically, and then culturally, they’ve starting getting at it. This is a good sign. Why is this? If you use the Manchu Qing’s idea, you can’t convince the Japanese and Koreans. Every time you mention the notion to them they’re disgusted to death – they recognize the real Zhonghua as the one in the Ming dynasty, or back in the Han and Tang.

Another point is, with the rise of the Han system today, the government has not yet taken any positions to suppress it. In the past few years, official media has been finding all kinds of ways to cajol and mock us, but in the past three to four years, these past three years, they have been giving essentially positive remarks, believing that Han culture as the legitimate representative of Chinese culture is largely without problem. The only concern they have is whether or not it will affect the association of the ethnic minorities with the country. In actuality, this is one of their biggest fallacies. Whether the ethnic minorities follow us or not, is not in how weak the Hans are, neither in how strong we are. As long as our Han race has self-respect, self-striving, and self-strengthening, its aggregate potential is unchallengeable. Don’t worry, because it’s not just those few ethnicities following you, even Korea, Japan, Vietnam, our followers in our past will come back and follow you, perhaps even farther ones, they’ll come over and join you. Look at the US, that’s quite far, right? Why do you think they all follow the US? Is it because US civilization is that great? What is good about them? It’s because they are strong, that’s why we say they are civilized. If right now Bin Laden was the first in the world, then don’t worry, for sure Islamic culture will be said to be the best. If a bunch of extraterrestrial ants came over, and even their personal handguns are stronger than our atomic bombs, then what the heck is earth culture worth? Right? You earthling cultures are all backward cultures, look at us superior ant culture. Right? Whichever culture it is, strong or not, your culture’s primarily reliance, is whether its primary ethnicity is strong or not. You see today that the Han are blatently weakened, stripped away and virtualized, therefore you can say that now you can see how many ethnicities are beginning to challenge the Hans.

It’s time we should reflect. We have a bunch of irresponsible elites sending their children out of the country. What happens if they get on the plane and make a run for it? Once they get out, then are they going to call the other ethnicities to come occupy our Central Plains on horseback? When they’re running to get you, can you run? Can you Han Chinese run away? That’s why when you want to rescue our people, and still want our future generations to keep living in the Central Plains, then we still have to rely on ourselves. We can’t rely on anyone else. Freedom and democracy won’t be able to save China, and socialism won’t be able save us either. That so-called foreign blood transfusion, cultural solidarity won’t save China. What will save China? Only us Han Chinese, with the strengthening of the Huaxia people can save save our land. If us Hans don’t mess up, who can mess up China? If us Hans are in a mess, then who can protect China? Go find it yourself. Isn’t our past several millennia’s worth of history proof enough? Even the history written by our enemies are clear: as soon as the Hans are in civil war and in conflict, the result is that others will come riding over, and the Hans are out of options and pick up their sedans southbound. When the Hans restore themselves on horseback, they’ll oust them back out.

Nowadays, whenever you hear the Tartar system talk about the ethnic solidarity, that’s what the Han system calls the external incursion back then, what us Han system calls external races’ slaughter of our kind. The Five Barbarians causing  havoc in China, the Tartars’ invasion of the Central Plains, these are all called by the Tartar system as the great ethnic solidarity. Have you seen anyone who likes this kind of solidarity? What’s the point of installing a security gate in your house? If you install a gate in front of your door, does it mean that you don’t like to “consolidate” with those bandits? Because you don’t like them and install the gate, the bandits tell you, you are a narrow-minded racists, and your home is narrow. According to this theory, which race on this world isn’t narrow? If we’re not narrow, then what’s the point of having the US Army? What’s the point of the PLA? Right? If you’re not narrow, then go dissolve the army. If anyone comes invading, they’re all called a great ethnic solidarity, all called ethnic merging, how nice. Just take the Manchu Qing for example, this one qualifies as an ethnic solidarity, and any future invasions, such as the Japanese invasion – now that doesn’t count? The Russian invasion after that doesn’t count? You have to make your idea apply to all situations, so you say that others coming in are called invasions. Oh, back then the Manchus had this piece of land, and yes, this piece of land still has ethnic Russians, right? So we should call Putin in and get a few Russians and occupy us? That’ll be another great ethnic solidarity. Isn’t that accurate of their idea? Of course they’ll agree, because they’re the same type of people, who all came in by invasion, so even if there’s another one coming in, they won’t reject the idea. Right? 55 ethnicities have become 56, and its strength gets a little stronger. The Hans become from 1/56th to 1/57th of a whole, then the Hans would be even weaker, and if we have a hundred invaders, a hundred different ethnicities, then great, the Hans would only be 1 of a hundredth of the whole…

(Text organized by Baiyang Xiaoxiao 白楊蕭蕭, translated by Satsuki Shizuka, November 27th-29th, 2009)

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zong Seng
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 04:17:16

    Translated by Satsuki Shizuka? Translated by a Japanese?
    Is this an english translation of Mr. Song Yuren’s Lectures?


    • Satsuki Shizuka
      Mar 03, 2010 @ 12:05:29


      Satsuki Shizuka is my pen name. You can find my name and details under the “Guqin Lessons” contact page.
      And yes, this is an English translation of one of Mr. Song’s lectures. Part 1 is also available. Please check the rest of the TorGuqin blog entries.


      • Zong Seng
        Mar 05, 2010 @ 14:06:04

        Thanks! I’m from Singapore Hanfu. You can check out our facebook group or fan page.

        The English translation will help us in the revival a lot! =D


  2. fellow hanist
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 19:10:43

    wait…. i understand that the PRC government is against the whole han culture thing and is making its revival super hard, but howcome the hanfu movement isn’t very successful in Taiwan either?

    Isn’t the ROC supportive of hanist views? I heard that in taiwanese textbooks, manchus are considered “invaders” and the qing/yuan dynasties are not considered real chinese dynasties.

    from what i can see though, the Taiwan hanfu movement doesn’t seem to be any better than the ones in the mainland, hongkong, and oversea. Why is that?


    • Satsuki Shizuka 五月靜
      Jan 24, 2011 @ 19:21:59

      “The PRC government is against the whole han culture thing…”
      — To put it in a politically correct way, it is actually “let a hundred flowers blossom, and take as neutral a perspective as possible” – which means that they neither condone nor condemn the movement.
      However, they are monitoring the movement closely (which we can glimpse from rather detailed reports from Chinese universities), and are wary of potential of it becoming a neo-ultranationalist movement that could distort the balance between the ethnicities or the PRC regime itself.

      Re: ROC and their perspective
      The reason why the Hanfu movement was started from the Mainland internet realm and not some civilian sector in HK/Macau/Overseas/ROC-Taiwan was discussed in the Hanfu circle about a year or two ago, and they concluded (for now) that Mainlanders, being residents of “China Proper”, bear the largest responsibility of speaking for the tradition (as opposed to, say, Taiwan having to deal with indiginees and their culture). Also, the destruction from the Cultural Revolution was also credited for this rebound of tradition, where the ‘dregs of tradition’ were also expunged and they were able to revisit the issue from a much cleaner slate – allowing a higher, more idealistic goal to be set.

      Perhaps this deserves its own post.


  3. fellow hanist
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 21:38:40

    ohhh ic.
    k thx that clears things up

    By the way, do you think that it’s a good idea to use taiwan as a starting point for han culture revival?
    If there’s enough public support in taiwan, could it actually become a grassroots movement supported by the ROC? or would taiwan also just give it the “let it be” attitude?

    My dream is that hanfu in taiwan could be just as popular as the kimono in japan. (japan also have indigenous minorities like the Ainu).
    Since taiwanese media is already very popular among young mainlanders , it would spread to china immediately.

    right now wearing hanfu on the street just makes us look like a bunch of clowns. Once my friends were talking about how pretty kimono, and hanbok looked, but when i started talking about hanfu and how it should be revived, they just thought i was weird and overly patriotic. one of them even said i have bad taste in clothing. WHY?

    sometimes the packaging of an object is more important the object itself. For example, during a psychology experiment, test subjects were given a McDonald meal with a McDonald bag, cup, and wrapping and asked them to compare it to another identical McDonald meal with a normal paper bag with a normal paper cup. Most test subjects preferred the Meal inside the McDonald bag.

    McDonald sells itself with advertising and packaging. Not with the food itself.
    just like how traditional japanese culture gains attention using broadcasted events, anime cartoons, sushi restaurants, cheap souvenirs etc.

    if we just wear hanfu out on the street, they’ll laugh at us.
    if we just lecture people about hanfu they’ll get bored.

    the sad truth is that most people are NOT connoisseurs. They don’t have a sense of what tastes good, they dont know about or care about what is beautiful. they only look at the packaging.

    And taiwan seems to be the only place where han culture can get the proper packaging that it deserves.

    of course manchu culture already has an awesome “packaging” with its “chinese” calenders, and “chinenes” historical dramas. but sometimes when the meal inside tastes that bad, fancy wrappings can’t do much.


    • Satsuki Shizuka 五月靜
      Jan 24, 2011 @ 21:45:52

      Looks like I will need to write that article afterall. I’ll save the long reply for then.

      However, I’ll give a half of the gist: YOUR IDEA WILL NOT WORK. There are established Hanfu societies in HK/TW, but in terms of work done they cannot compare to even half of the work a single city-based Hanfu society have done on the mainland.
      The primary factor of this being, is in the urgency to do it; the Chinese are using Hanfu to tackle the issue of ethnicity as defined by the government, while to HK/ROC it would be more of a temporal factor (not seeing it as “ancient” clothes) and is not seen as a topic contentious enough for mass involvement.

      Hopefully I can write something up in the next few days.


  4. fellow hanist
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 23:30:04

    To be honest my main concern is not the Hanfu. I don’t have that much of an interest in clothing overall. What i really care about is what the other mainlanders care about. “to tackle the issue of ethnicity as defined by the government” (nicely phrased btw).

    Many taiwanese are also passionate (if not more) about this issue. They absolutely hate the PRC definition of ethnicity. It was a taiwanese person who first introduced to han culture and the hanist views regarding ethnicity. Even though the topic is not as contentious under the ROC, They are just as worried about the spread of the PRC point of view. (well the ones who are aware of this issue anyway)


    So my question is: WHY AREN’T THE TAIWANESE USING THE SAME STRATEGY AS THE MAINLANDERS? they certainly do not lack the passion, and unlike the mainlanders, they’re met with no opposition.

    The majority of taiwanese still celebrate new year in tangzhuang. Its not like all of them already know about the han losing voice to the distorted PRC views and are just gonna sit there safely in taiwan and watch.

    The main problem in taiwan still seems to be a lack of awareness on this ethnicity issue. same problem as in the mainland, in hk and overseas.

    plus why do we even need these futile “hanfu societies” to bring back han culture and our han definition of ethnicity. Why doesn’t everybody in taiwan know already? isn’t their slogan “反清复明” ? There was no cultural revolution in taiwan either . . .

    All of the information from song’s lecture already exist in standard taiwanese textbooks. They just don’t read that stuff. The ones who do read it become enraged but can’t do anything about it. again i’m saying they need to commercialize han culture to spread the message. People will be attracted to the products an dig into han culture and hanist views as a result.

    or maybe the mainland hanfu ppl can start this in taiwan. Its already happening with other businesses.

    anyway maybe i’m still blinded by some huge misunderstanding on this whole topic

    sorry for the annoying rants lolol

    you don’t have to reply to this one
    i’ll be looking forward to your answers on the next article! =D


  5. Yi
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 18:52:19

    I disagree with your point on the Qing being the reason why the Ming dynasty lost it’s naval superiority. As a matter of fact, traditionalist Confucian officials and the son of the Yongle Emperor Zhudi ordered the destruction of the Treasure fleet after Zheng He’s Last Voyage. (By the Way, Zheng He was a half Mongol, Turk/Tartar descendant who was made a Eunuch by the Ming.) I understand that the Qind did undermine several “Han” points of progress, but the Ming Fleet and Military was not one of them. One could say that it was their own fault…


    • Satsuki Shizuka 五月靜
      Jan 29, 2011 @ 20:02:09

      But it was clear that it was the Qing who ordered the sea ban to end the free naval trade which began in Longqing 1 (1567), as well as the total abandonment of all coastal settlements in Han territory inland for 100 li. To use early/mid-Ming examples to explain for Qing policy is quite unfair, even when comparing early to late Ming (which are totally different beasts).

      But all in all, this is not a history debate. What matters now is that when it comes to the future, how will the Chinese view themselves and their heritage, and the Hanist Movement (incl. Hanfu Movement) has radically countered the current PRC party-line in favor of a pre/early ROC one.


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