Exploring the East-West Barrier

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Introduction to the Project

Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem about East and West begins with the words, "Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." Even today, as we live in a globalised world where rapid developments have led the East and West to be highly interconnected and dependent on one another, there is a sense that East and West do not understanding each other. There have been rising tensions between China and the West, with each side expanding their military in response to the other’s expansion. There is a risk that if this carries on – or rather, if there continues to be no development of understanding and respect for each other’s cultures, backgrounds, and motives – a simple misunderstanding may be all we need to spark an armed conflict between the two. We believe that underlying such tensions between China and the West is a barrier that prevents both sides from accurately reading each other’s motives and intentions. We hope to do something to reduce the tension between China and the West.

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User Contributions on China and the West

If this project resonates with you, we would like to invite you to join us as a participant to explore the East-West barrier. For more information on how to participate, please contact us at participate@paralimes.org

These are the broad themes that we are exploring. If you already have an account, we invite you to contribute to these sections:

About Para Limes

Para Limes was set up in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Para Limes means “beyond boundaries,” implying that explorations should not be limited by scientific methods or disciplines, national or political boundaries or other inhibiting factors, but only by imagination. It is dedicated to exploring complexity by going beyond the boundaries of disciplines, cultures and institutes.

In this spirit, Para Limes will initiate and entertain exploratory projects by teams of world-class scientists, philosophers, artists, policy makers, and men and women of practice.

Recommended Readings

These are some of the readings we recommend.

  1. Lin, Yutang, My Country and My People (London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1936).
  2. Lin, Yutang, The Importance of Living (London: W. Heinemann, 1938).
  3. Russell, Bertrand, The Problem of China (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1922).
  4. Wang, Robin, Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  5. Herfel, W. E. et al., Chinese Medicine and Complex System Dynamics in Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Volume 10: Philosophy of Complex Systems, eds. Cliff Hooker (Oxford: Elsevier B. V., 2011).
  6. Jullien, Francois, A Treatise on Efficacy: Between Western and Chinese Thinking (Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2004).
  7. Jullien, Francois, The Silent Transformations, trans. Michael Richardson and Krzystof Fijalkowski (London: Seagull Books, 2011).
  8. Von Laue, Theodore, The World Revolution of Westernization (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987).

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