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First Post 第一个博客

July 7, 2011

First Post

第一个博客

So, I’ve been thinking about creating a blog (or two (or three)) for a while now and having just graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Chinese, I at last have the time and motivation to do so. This will be an attempt to create a very special blog. It will be bilingual. Some kind of “mission statement” is not quite formed yet, but something along those lines may be in the works. For now, I will talk about what I intend this blog to be in more unconstrained terms.

One of the first real fruits of knowledge that my experiences living in China and studying Chinese literature, culture, philosophy, religion and history, along with the broader non-specific fields of literature, culture, philosophy, religion and history as well as those of other specific countries has allowed me to grasp was that human beings are all made of the same consciousness. We are all human beings not only in terms of anatomy but also in terms of spirit. Having taken up the study of the Chinese language, the juxtaposition of this language study with the manifold fields of study just mentioned has proven to me that one thing that language is is a divider of peoples, something that in and of itself creates discriminatory lines across so-called distinctive “cultures”. I am not saying that cultural difference does not exist or that it is unimportant. However, what this blog will attempt to do is BRIDGE one of these language divides–namely, that between the English language and the Chinese language.

In so doing, it is hoped that the perceived differences between Chinese speaking peoples and English speaking peoples that exist SOLELY because of the language divide may be brought down and that we as humans, as peoples, and as cohabitants of this planet may begin to address the differences that exist for other reasons, as well as come to mutually appreciate our similarities.

This is a bilingual blog but it is not intended merely for bilingual speakers. It is intended for all speakers of both languages.

“The path that can be followed is not the eternal path. The name that can be named is not the eternal name.” Daodejing 1

嗯,很久以来我一直在考虑创建一个(或两三个)博客。现在,我刚从美国的古林大学(Grinnell College) 获得了中文专业的本科学位,总算有时间和动力做这件事了。创造这个特别的博客,将是个有益的尝试。它是双语的。一个所谓的“宗旨”还没有成形,但是可能正在准备中。不过,我暂时先用比较随意的话来说明一下这个博客的目标。

我学习了中国的文学、文化、哲学、宗教和历史以及那些更广泛的、非具体的文学、文化学、哲学、宗教学和历史学。我也涉及过其他的国家的这些研究领域。我从这些学习过程中得到了一个宝贵的知识,那就是:人类都是由同样的意识构成的。我们不仅有同样的解剖,而且拥有同样的精神。我的中文学习和刚提到的那些并列的研究领域为我证明,语言的一个特点就是它是个人类分配器,它自己能够造成跨文化的歧视分界线。我并不是说文化差别是不存在的或者不重要的。但是,这个博客要尝试的就是弥合一个语言差别,即,英文与中文的差别。

在这种情况下,我所希望的就是,仅仅因为语言不同被说中文的人和说英文的人察觉到的差别可以被克服,而且我还希望我们作为人,作为民族共同居住在这个星球上,能够对因别的原因而存在的问题进行交谈,就像我们能够彼此互相欣赏我们的相似。

虽然这是个双语博客,但是并不只是为双语者创建的。它面向所有的中文使用者和英文使用者。

“道可道,非常道。名可名,非常名。”《道德经一》

 

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2 Comments
  1. gyj permalink

  2. Good job, Sam. Keep doing this…
    很不错呢 加油吧~

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