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Wan Lixin Opinion deputy editor of Shanghai Daily


To revive diminishing interest in the wonder of life, feed people’s passion for real books

ONE of the most discussed topics over last weekend was reading, as Sunday was World Reading Day (or World Book and Copyright Day). There were postings emphasizing the significance of reading. One of ...

April 26, 2017, Wednesday

‘Usefulness of Uselessness’ and how it serves modern society

THERE is a fable about a huge tree that provided shade to thousands of cattle in Chapter Four of Chuangtzu, one of the foundational texts of Taoism. While the crowds admired the tree, a carpenter took ...

April 14, 2017, Friday

Obsession with economic convenience may lead to marital discontent, failures

LAST week, a colleague asked me if I had watched “In the Name of People,” a TV drama series that is being much talked about lately. No, I had not watched any TV drama for a long time. But I could not ...

April 12, 2017, Wednesday

Giving women a place and respect in the workplace

Panelists at a recent conference on women in the workforce aired their views on the evolving implication of gender equality....

March 30, 2017, Thursday

Law or heart? There’s always room for both

TOGETHER with medicine, law is one of the most sought after subjects of inquiry for aspiring and ambitious youth in the West. The desirability of law as a profession is generally seen as suggesting the ...

March 29, 2017, Wednesday

Time to reform money-oriented education

OVER the weekend I took a long walk with a neighbor we have known for many years. His son has shown early promise of academic brilliance, having been enrolled in a select class in a good junior middle ...

March 22, 2017, Wednesday

Life’s best moments not found on WeChat

Over the weekend, I saw in my WeChat moments a video showing a grandma asking people if they had heard of somebody called “WiFi,” because when her son’s family last visited her, the grandson suddenly ...

March 16, 2017, Thursday

Even in time when everything is for sale, human connections will always be priceless

LAST week, my family discussed a school assignment about “doing a favor for one of your neighbors.” This was obviously in view of March 5, a day set aside for the memory of Lei Feng, a public-spirited ...

March 8, 2017, Wednesday

Passing of an elderly village aunt illustrates how far we have come from our traditions

ONE of my aunts died recently. It was sad, though not surprising. When my mother and I last paid her a visit in December 2014, we knocked long and hard at the door of a cousin’s home where she was supposed ...

March 1, 2017, Wednesday

China’s rekindled interest in poetry sparks contemplation of timeless value of verse

A recent televised Chinese poetry competition has led to a revival of interest in poetry. Each poem that comes to our attention affords us a glimpse into the wondrous world of the ancients. Take, for ...

February 22, 2017, Wednesday


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