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The History of China in Numbers

The History of China in Numbers ZHOU QINGRONG e H Th istory of China in Numbers Five thousand years, two thousand years of legends, three thousand years of records. Ten thousand harvests—how many people and animals did they feed? On 18,025,000 dawns the roosters crowed—to whom did dogs bark for 20,000 seasons? One thousand years of wars of secession, a thousand years of wars of union, and a thousand years of fragmenting confederation. Two thousand years of reluctant fealty to temples, waving different flags, chanting different scriptures. Given one thousand years of true unity, v fi e hundred would be taken by black nights. In the remaining five hundred years of brilliant days, how many hearts were scarred by unrecorded rainy days? How many mysterious archives were sealed up by five hundred years of black nights? How many heroes were buried in earth? How many monuments were built by time for them? And where are the monuments? Sunshine tears through the clouds—how many monuments fall outside the territory of 9,600,000 square kilometers? What I also want to calculate is: in these five thousand years how many days were earmarked for dreaming, how many days for justice and joy? e n Th umbers are certain. Five thousand years of endurance, five thousand years of living, five thousand for the great and the mean, and v fi e thousand years of hope. Love for five thousand years and loathing for five thousand years. Helpless love of this land for five thousand years. Violence, suffering, vile people achieving vast ambitions I refuse to count. The human heart is greater than five thousand years. Translation by Michelle Chihara, Tony Barnstone, and Jia Yan http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

The History of China in Numbers

Manoa , Volume 31 (1) – May 10, 2019

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Abstract

ZHOU QINGRONG e H Th istory of China in Numbers Five thousand years, two thousand years of legends, three thousand years of records. Ten thousand harvests—how many people and animals did they feed? On 18,025,000 dawns the roosters crowed—to whom did dogs bark for 20,000 seasons? One thousand years of wars of secession, a thousand years of wars of union, and a thousand years of fragmenting confederation. Two thousand years of reluctant fealty to temples, waving different flags, chanting different scriptures. Given one thousand years of true unity, v fi e hundred would be taken by black nights. In the remaining five hundred years of brilliant days, how many hearts were scarred by unrecorded rainy days? How many mysterious archives were sealed up by five hundred years of black nights? How many heroes were buried in earth? How many monuments were built by time for them? And where are the monuments? Sunshine tears through the clouds—how many monuments fall outside the territory of 9,600,000 square kilometers? What I also want to calculate is: in these five thousand years how many days were earmarked for dreaming, how many days for justice and joy? e n Th umbers are certain. Five thousand years of endurance, five thousand years of living, five thousand for the great and the mean, and v fi e thousand years of hope. Love for five thousand years and loathing for five thousand years. Helpless love of this land for five thousand years. Violence, suffering, vile people achieving vast ambitions I refuse to count. The human heart is greater than five thousand years. Translation by Michelle Chihara, Tony Barnstone, and Jia Yan

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 10, 2019

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