Mon, May 28, 2018

China promoting unification at schools

The government has uncovered a Chinese project aimed at promoting unification in Taiwan’s elementary and high schools to promote unification, a national security official said on condition of anonymity. A total of 259 teachers and students from 18 schools in China’s Jiangsu Province ...FULL STORY

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活用成語

Chinese Practice 無中生有 (wu2 zhong1 sheng1 you3) create something from nothing 前幾週「活用成語」單元,我們介紹了三個出自「三十六計」的成語:「釜底抽薪」、「渾水摸魚」和「三十六計,走為上策」。這次要介紹成語是「無中生有」,屬三十六計中「敵戰計」的第一計,意思是「從無中創造出有」。此概念咸認出自道家經典,老子的《道德經》——第四十章寫道:「天下萬物生於有,有生於無」(世上所有東西都來源於某物﹝質﹞);而這某物是從虛無中所產生出來的)。然而,戰略上的「無中生有」和老子用以解釋事物起源的原意相去甚遠:「無中生有」的戰略是創造一種幻覺來欺騙敵人,讓他們誤以為有某些事物存在,或是反過來把有的說成沒有。比如在實際行動之前多次假裝進攻,等到後來敵方以為又是一次佯攻時,卻是真正的進攻,讓敵人猝不及防。 現今成語「無中生有」的用法通常含有否定的意義,意指本無其事,憑空捏造。意義相符的英文片語應為「plucked (or conjured) out...FULL STORY

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