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Admirable men/women in Chinese history


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Who do you most admire, and would most likely portray in a movie?  

  1. 1. Who do you most admire, and would most likely portray in a movie?

    • Xiang Yu
      0
    • Yue Fei
      1
    • Sun Yatsen
      4
    • Kangxi
      1
    • Confucius
      0
    • Taizong
      0
    • Zhuge Liang
      1
    • Song Jiaoren
      1
    • Soong Ching-ling
      0
    • Han Wudi
      0
    • Koxinga
      0
    • Liu Bei
      0
    • Sima Qian
      0
    • Zhang Liang
      0
    • Su Dongpo
      0
    • Wang Zhaojun
      0
    • Xi Shi
      0
    • Di Renjie
      0
    • Xuanzang
      0
    • Wu Zetian
      0
    • Zhou Enlai
      1
    • Han Fei
      0
    • Roddy
      3
    • None of the above
      0


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Yes, there is a well-publicized book written by the Yale professor Jonathan Spence called Treason by the Book. He was sliced up by Qianlong for insulting his father Yongzheng, who had originally given the scholar clemency. When Qianlong took the throne, he reversed his father's clemency edict and ordered the scholar sliced up piece by piece in the palace square.

The Qing rulers were more benevolent than their Ming counterparts. But they had no mercy towards anyone who insulted their Manchu ancestral heritage.

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Ian, here is an article about the scholar that I thought you were referring to. His name was Zeng Jing. He put his anti-Manchu sentiments on a letter, and asked a messenger courier to send his letter to governor-general Yue Zhongqi, who then forwarded the letter to Yongzheng.

Yongzheng was a very effective administrator who was known for his ruthless secret police. He was the Qing equivalent of J Edgar Hoover and kept tabs on everyone. China continuously ran surpluses during his reign. But in spite of his ruthlessness, he did not give Zeng Jing the punishment of death by slicing. Instead he started a constructive dialogue refuting all of Zeng Jing's claims, telling the scholar that he was wrong on all of his points. Despite the recommendation of 148 bureaucrats that Zeng Jing be put to death by slicing, Yongzheng did not give the scholar the ultimate punishment.

When Yongzheng died 7 years later, the young Qianlong reversed his father's clemency pardon, and ordered Zeng to be sliced up in public.

Seems like Yongzheng was the more reasonable and prudent ruler, when compared to Qianlong.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2001/03/22/78616

http://www.taipei.org/teco/cicc/currents/54/Html/book2.htm

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