Many Chinese concepts are deceased in world history yet behave in
THE WEST 's disregard for foreign socio-cultural originality has become a real problem for the rest of the world. Western media and academia for example have the reputation for either omitting Chinese concepts or translating them into Western biblical and philosophical terminologies. This creates a perfect illusion: the West is all there is to know. Non-Westerners now have to study the West to get to know themselves.
In the global discourse important Chinese names and concepts - like wenming, shengren, daxue and junzi - have become a somewhat useless cultural currency ; just as the German philosopher
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel had already envisioned it :
Take "Confucianism" for example. Confucianism is a Western word creation. The correct Chinese term is ruxue. But the Chinese name doesn't follow the Western "logic" that "a religion" should be named after its "messiah", like in Christianity. So the Western missionaries created "Confucianism", this word (same logic in "Buddhism", by the way). Ruxue is not a religion but a school of thought, but it was quickly made look like a religion thanks to misleading Western taxonomy. To this day, the Western public believes that Confucius is a saint (and that there's just one buddha, by the way).
This leads me to my favorite example
-that of "shengren". When the early European missionaries to
This all leads me to a very
provocative mid- conclusion:
Although many Chinese concepts are already deceased in world history yet they
So the next question would be, is
there a cure to this disease? Not that I know of. The "virus" that
already caused the undead of tens of thousands of East-Asian vocabularies has
now contaminated entire
To stop the spread of undead vocabularies, one would have to stop translating foreign key terminologies into familiar vocabularies of one's own lingua. Instead one would have to adopt them. But this is like asking Christians to stop Christianity because its unscientific or Westerners to stop military interventions because its wrong. Translation of the most precious originality of our enemies into our own all-favorite taxonomies is about power and dominance. Read more about Western Language Imperialism and the prerogative of final explanation here.
Yes, Western domination may not be
able to annihilate the Chinese language. But Western media and academia will make
sure those Chinese key terminologies
will have no life outside