Chinese tradition


Chinatown: How Chinese Civilization Goes Global

V.V.Maliavin It is well known that so called Chinatowns have become the most common institutionalized form of Chinese civilization’s global existence. What is Chinatown? What is Chinatown’s cultural nature as well as its historical significance? To answer these questions we have to look at first at the foundations of Chinese […]


Chinese Wisdom of the Body. Evidence from the Martial Arts

V.V. Maliavin It is well known that Chinese culture attaches a great importance to human sensitivity, both social and corporeal. It is far less known that Chinese tradition of martial arts is probably the most elaborate and efficient product of such attitude. This paper explores the nature of the corporeal […]


Strolling in Chinese Garden: An Experience of Self-Re(dis)covering

Vladimir Maliavin Not accidentally Asia has been called since ancient times the First Continent, the Mother of Humankind. Asian landscapes in their bewildering variety – both natural and artistic – represent in essence the original space/place of existence, the primordial Void filled by the plenitude of life’s images. In stark […]


The East, the West and Russia

Once Again on the Dichotomy of East and West The axiomatic fact of any anthropological or cross-cultural study is a kind of double-focused vision rooted in the recognition of «another» and alien humanness which can serve, however, as a part of our proper existence and our understanding of the world […]


Self-forgetting and its history: a Taoist perspective on the postmodern phenomenology

V.V. MALIAVIN Tamkang University, Taiwan, R.O.C.   Self-forgetting and its history: a Taoist perspective on the postmodern phenomenology   Abstract Taoist thought calls for a new hermeneutics of the Self that dispenses with the metaphysics of self-identity. A key concept of this hermeneutics is a pure, or non-dividing, difference which […]

Malyavin, self-forgetting, taoist monk, daosi

Maliavin, Vladimir malyavin, Владимир Малявин, Малявин

Beyond the Yellow Peril: Thoughts on Russian-Chinese Encounter

V.V. Maliavin Tamkang University Taiwan   Beyond the Yellow Peril: Thoughts on Russian-Chinese Encounter   At present the relation of Russian society and its intellectual circles towards China is highly ambivalent. On the one hand, one can observe in Russia a strong interest to the culture of her great Eastern […]


Philosophy as Cultural Style: The Case of Xiong Shili

V.V. MALYAVIN Tamkang University, Taiwan, R.O.C.   Philosophy as Cultural Style: The Case of Xiong Shili   Modern Chinese philosophy was doomed from the start to be essentially two-faced. It has always been defining itself simultaneously by its relation to the Western thought and the native Chinese legacy. When trying […]

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Zhuang-zi’s Concept of Harmony and Its Cultural Implications

V. V.  MALIAVIN Tamkang University, Taiwan.     Zhuang-zi’s Concept of Harmony and Its Cultural Implications   Summary   The ancient Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi (beginning of the 4th century B.C.) whose views comprise the core of the book ascribed to him offers a profound concept of harmony whose basic condition […]