Wang Min
  • Wang Min 
  • By this author: 5 Latest posted: 2016.12.20
Professor at Hōsei University. A trustee of the National Art Center, Tokyo. Areas of interest include cultural comparisons between China and Japan and research on the poet and writer Miyazawa Kenji. Born in Hebei, China. Majored in Japanese language at the Dalian University of Foreign Languages. Completed her graduate studies at the Sichuan International Studies University. After the Cultural Revolution, was selected by university faculty for a national scholarship, and came to study at the Miyagi University of Education. Received the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award in 2009. Publications include Nihon to Chūgoku: Sōgō gokai no kōzō (Japan and China: Structure of Mutual Misunderstanding), Utsukushii Nihon no kokoro (The Heart of Beautiful Japan), and Kagami no kuni to shite no Nihon (Japan as a Mirror).
Dreams of Ihatov: Miyazawa Kenji’s Land of Imagination2016.12.20

Miyazawa Kenji set his stories and poems in Ihatov, a fictional land based on his native Iwate Prefecture. At the same time, the writer was much influenced by Chinese literature and thought. His works reflect these differing inspirations in bringing together the local and the distant.

Differing Attitudes to Confucianism Across East Asia2012.12.20

Japan’s relationship to Confucianism is fundamentally different from that of its two neighbors, China and Korea. In Chinese and Korean culture, Confucianism is a core element of classical morality. In Japan, on the other hand, Confucianism has never been an element of primary importance in the local culture. In China and Korea, Confucianism is not just a unified way of looking at human nature, l…

Diplomacy Is Not Just for Diplomats2012.08.13

When it comes to diplomatic achievements, often common citizens can be even more effective than foreign relations specialists. In all likelihood this is because, at the grassroots level, interaction on the basis of pure friendship is possible; whereas in relations between professional politicians, words and actions tend to be determined by national interests. On this topic of diplomacy, it is w…

“Chinese” Writing in East Asia (Part Two)2012.06.14

(Continued from part one.) In the middle of the nineteenth century, with the Western powers encroaching further into East Asia, Japan decided to open itself to the outside world. A process of Westernization and modernization rapidly ensued. When Japan entered the ranks of the world powers following victories in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95 and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–5, people in China…

“Chinese” Writing in East Asia (Part One)2012.06.13

Of the approximately 200 countries in the world today, China and Japan are the only two that still use the Chinese writing system, known as kanji in Japanese. According to the Kojiki and Nihonshoki, court-sanctioned collections of early history and myth that are Japan’s earliest books, it was during the reign of the emperor Ōjin (r. 270–310) that word of the Chinese writing system arrived in Japa…

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