Opinion Columns

The way of water

Wang Yong Opinion editor of Shanghai Daily

Email: wangyong@shanghaidaily.com

We’re great people, but still only human

IN protecting your rights when you travel overseas, please behave in a way that justifies the greatness of our nation (da guo guo min fan er). That was the plea of a commentator from Xinhua News Agency ...

February 7, 2018, Wednesday

‘Battlefield’ lays bare the truth: Victory can also feel like defeat

FOUR actors and a drummer with bare minimum stage setting — there is probably no other economical drama for presenting the world’s oldest and longest epic poem, the Mahabharata, to a modern audience than ...

November 17, 2017, Friday

Spreading seeds of compassion in dialogue among civilizations

“Who is he?” my Nepalese guide asked me eagerly about the solemn statute of a monk at the front gate of the Chinese Temple of Nepal at Lumbini, the birthplace of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism....

August 11, 2017, Friday

Bhutan’s therapy for happiness: Better evolve at your own pace

“DO they look up to you because you are a foreigner — someone from big Shanghai?” A colleague asked me on Tuesday upon hearing my praise of the Bhutanese people I had met during my recent trip to the ...

August 4, 2017, Friday

East or West, a better life is dream for all

EDITOR’S note: Award-winning American diplomat and scholar Dr. Patrick Mendis has just completed visiting all the provinces of China as a Confucius Fellow and had recently interviewed with Shanghai Daily ...

June 30, 2017, Friday

You gotta love our teeming city

WHEN I took Metro Line 12 on my way to work on Monday, I was surprised to find myself in a carriage carrying neatly posted messages from netizens about why they love Shanghai. It was a pleasant surprise, ...

May 11, 2017, Thursday

Give with humility: it’s about what you do at the end of day, not what you ‘sacrificed’

LAST week I came across a headline on a leading news portal in the country, which read: “Post-90-generation girl quit well-paid job, volunteered to teach in mountainous regions, now has a shower every ...

April 27, 2017, Thursday

Oral history book explores true meaning of tradition by recounting the revival of qin

TIRED of the urban hustle and bustle, my wife and I took a week off last month and went to Mount Wuyi, in northern Fujian Province. We brought our qin (a seven-string plucked instrument) with us, emulating ...

December 30, 2016, Friday

Spirit of ancient Dunhuang offers model for confident exchange between civilizations

AS a student of Western law and journalism, I’ve long admired ancient Greece, especially for its sublime architecture and sober thinkers. But until last week, it never occurred to me that ancient Greek ...

November 3, 2016, Thursday

Bamboo flute player who has a heart of gold

ON the wall of a riverside pavilion in Bacheng, an ancient town in Suzhou, is a sheet of hand-written text bearing the title “Good Man Dongbao.” I noticed the poster as I walked past with a few friends ...

September 20, 2016, Tuesday


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