The Spirit of the Chinese People

Gu Hongming

ISBN 9781627740111 
Format Trade Paperback
Trim Size 5x8 
Pages 208
List Price $15
Published August 2013

The Spirit of the Chinese People is a collection of essays originally published in English early in the twentieth century by Gu Hongming as a fundamental presentation of the people and culture of China. In it he compared the Chinese with Americans, British, French, and Germans and described the virtues gained from the country’s traditional Confucian philosophy and how Confucianism might be used by Westerners to solve problems within their own countries. The book was translated into German, French, Japanese, and the attention it brought to China inspired its translation into Chinese and led to the author becoming a hero of his people.

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About the Author:

Born in Malaysia in 1857 to a Chinese father and Portuguese mother, Gu Hongming’s mixed race family gave him an understanding of Asia and Europe that he would use well throughout his life. Educated in Scotland he received an M.A. in Literature from the University of Edinburgh, a diploma in Civil Engineering at the University of Leipzig, and would study law in Paris. Returning to Malaysia in 1880 he joined the colonial Singapore civil service and eventually went to China where he held many ranking positions in the Imperial government. Throughout his career he wrote many essays and books about Confucius primarily in English and by the end of his life in 1828 he was renowned as an interpreter of China and the Chinese people to the West.

Dr. Jinli He, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University.