Friday, August 7, 2009

Chinese TV lectures explaining "The Three-Character Classic (三字经)"

The Three-Character Classic (san zi jing, 三字经) is a Chinese classic text that has traditionally been used for the education of children. Written in triplets of characters, the text enbodies Confucian thoughts and is easy for memorization. For centuries, it had served as the textbook for young children picking up learning and had thus played an important role in maintaining the Confucian tradition in China.

In 百家讲坛 (bai jia jiang tan), a TV program of China Central Television (CCTV), Prof. Qian Wenzhong of Fudan University explains the classic text sentence by sentence. The online vedios of the TV lectures are available here.

Wikipedia: The Three-Character Classic
San zi jing (with the fulltext of San zi jing and its English translation)
San zi jing (text and audio files)

Also, a biography of Prof. Qian Wenzhong:

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