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Thu 27 Jan 2005

Captain's Log Supplemental: You Char Kway

Category : lit

Wendy earlier explained: The period of the Song period divides into two phases: Northern Song (960-1127 AD) and Southern Song (1127-1279 AD). The division was caused by the forced abandonment of north China in 1127 AD by the Song court, which could not push back the nomadic invaders.

Now Alvin provides additional background to the You Char Kway post.

He points to a complicit emperor who believed the story of Yue Fei's betrayal a bit too readily in order to keep his ass on the throne (I am trying to mimic Alvin's irreverent style).

But read him to get a sense of it:

the emperor should be tied up and fried as well. but in official histories, nobody will point a finger at the emperor. confucian respect for authority and all that crap...

"Both Yue Fei and his son was executed" - yes it sensible to wipe out the whole family line so that there is no revenge generations later. Else the story will be too long to tell in one sitting (e.g. see Cassandra).

And in efforts towards assimilation, there is apparently a debate about Yue - "national hero" or an "ethnic hero"? Read his post.

Anyway its best not to examine "heroes" too closely.

I've fixed his blogger account so the template has changed - it now has oneof those sleek looks possible after google acquired blogger and hired designers to provide new templates. It now also sports a full RSS feed. And I've exposed him for the dog he really is...(actually Sally just links to his home page).

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