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Probing China's Soul: Religion, Politics, And Protest In The People's Republic
Probing China's Soul: Religion, Politics, And Protest In The People's Republic
By Julia Ching
HarperCollins, 1990, 269 pp

This is a philosophical meditation on the recent tragic events in China by an eminent Sinologist known for her substantial contributions to the study of Chinese religion and philosophy. The effort at probing China's cultural tradition is praiseworthy but unsatisfactory. While the author sheds much light on the malaise currently afflicting China's intellectuals, many of whom hold traditional Chinese culture as well as Deng Xiaoping and Li Peng responsible for the guns of June 1989, soul-searching at this level of generality has serious limitations.