The Tang Prize is out and the first recipients are being made public this week. The Tang Prize website explains:
Dr. Samuel Yin established the Tang Prize in December 2012 to encourage individuals across the globe to chart the middle path to achieving sustainable development by recognizing and supporting scholars for conducting revolutionary research in the four major fields of Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, and the Rule of Law. The Tang Prize is truly global in reach, with laureates selected on the basis of the originality of their research along with their contributions to society irrespective of their nationality or ethnicity.Another section of the website says:
Dr. Samuel Yin, founder of the Tang Prize, is currently chairman of the Ruentex Group and chief development officer, chief technology officer, and chief engineer of Ruentex Construction & Development. He is also an adjunct professor in the department of civil engineering at National Taiwan University and a professor at Peking University, where he advises PhD students.Yin runs a number of charity programs in China to "bring the two sides closer together" (article). It's not difficult to see where he stands ideologically.
Dr. Yin read history at Chinese Culture University. He received a master's degree in business administration at National Taiwan University and a doctorate in business administration at National Chengchi University.
Note the categories. The award in Sinology and the award in Rule of Law represent two KMT critiques of the CCP -- respectively, that the KMT is the true repository of Chinese culture, and the KMT government follows rule of law, unlike the CCP. The first Sinology prize goes to intellectual and scholar Yu Ying-shih, who -- predictably -- was a major scholar of Confucian thought -- you know the KMT is all about Confucianism -- who helped reconcile Confucianism and democracy. He's a critic of the CCP. What a coincidence, a major Confucianist who is a critic of the CCP gets the first prize.
It's not difficult to see what the Tang Prize is about, ideologically. It looks like a mishmash of KMT ideologies in prize form. Did I mention it was named after the Tang Dynasty?
You'd think that Sustainable development... no need to complete the thought. The winner is Gro Harlem Brundlant. She was Prime Minister of Norway. What's the country that China is still peeved at since they awarded a Nobel to Liu Xiabo?
It's probably just a coincidence that it looks like a sly twit of China.
Can't wait to see who they award the Rule of Law prize to tomorrow.
UPDATE: Albie Sachs of South Africa won the Rule of law award. Maybe this might morph into something more than just the KMT vs CCP struggle over who is more "Chinese" and what "Chinese" is. That would be good.
- Feast your eyes on: this Flickr set of photos from Taiwan, 1969
- Feast your eyes on: this set of photos from Taichung, 1966
- Globalization in Taiwan's night markets.
- Keelung Speaker released on bail: another KMT-run local government seeing politicians fall for corruption. Don't worry, the Party will get re-elected in all these places.
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