“Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture (81 pieces)” is an important Book Project disseminated by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The setting of “Disseminating Key Concepts in Chinese Thoughts and Culture Project” aims to organize key concepts which can reflect the features of Chinese classical culture and the way of national thinking, and can perform Chinese core values, explain and translate objectively and accurately in concise language which is easy to exchange verbally. By this way, chinese voice and stories will be disseminated in international exchanges, that the condition and history of China will be known better by people in the world.
The specialists committee of the project consist of international well-known specialists and scholars. Senior adviser and Art Review Commission of America Arts Research Institute (AARI), Mr. Yu Wentao took part in the review for the final English version. With the authorization, AARI is going to publish the 81 pieces of Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture here.
This term refers to an ongoing process of self-renewal, which also brings new life to the people, society, and the nation. This process features continuous progress and improvement. It represents a tenacious and innovative spirit that permeates all levels of “self-cultivation, family regulation, state governance, bringing peace to all under heaven”.
“If we can improve ourselves in one day, we should do so every day, and keep building on improvement”, reads the inscription on the bathtub of Tang, founder of the Shang Dynasty. “People should be encouraged to discard the old and embrace the new, give up evil ideas, and live up to high moral standards”, says The Book of History. “Though it was an ancient state, Zhou saw its future lying in continuously renewing itself”, comments The Book of Songs. Therefore, junzi(men of virtue) should strive to excel themselves in all aspects and at all times. (The Book of Rites)