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September 20, 2007


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I watched the premiere episode of "Survivor:China" tonight and noticed that the one of the contestants' first assignments was to read a section from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." I'm not sure Sun Tzu would have approved of how they took what they read and applied it to the game...however, this was only the first episode and it was difficult to tell. I was wondering whether you were aware of the show. I know you must have far better things to do than watch mindless reality TV, but it might be interesting to see if the show's producers attempt to incorporate more Chinese philosophy. I'd be very interested to hear your take on whether you think any of the survivors are actually taking ancient Chinese thought to heart!

Speaking of Kim's comment, this seems no doubt a product of the current fashion for China chic.

I remember when I was in elementary school, China was regarded as a very backward country. She aroused no interest at all. Somewhere in the middle of high-school, maybe grade 11, everything changed. All of a sudden everyone is studying Mandarin or reading Chinese philosophy. Even my high-school crush asked me regularly for pronunciation tips, or how to memorise unfamiliar ideograms.

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