Thursday, March 06, 2008

Oriental Culture

Ninja always investigate the military information of the enemies as well as the allies. Similarly the American always urges the Chinese to be open even after China does a lot.

In the recent American report of China Military, the American criticizes the Chinese being mysterious according to Deng's slogan:

「冷靜觀察,站穩腳跟,沉著應付,韜光養晦,善於守拙,絕不當頭」

Its translation is "Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never claim leadership."

Anyone who knows Chinese literature well will laugh at the translation.

The Hollywood appreciated Tom Cruises' "The Last Samurai" because they do not understand the Japanese culture. I think it would be similarly attractive to produce "The Last Scholar" next time.

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