1. News & Issues
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!



When people think of Confucianism, they usually think of Confucius. But Mencius is another critical figure in the history of Confucianism and Chinese thought, and his opinion on the nature of man in particular is of paramount importance in understanding Confucian thought.

More Chinese Philosophy:
China News Spotlight10


S.H.E is a Taiwanese pop music group composed of female singers Selina, Hebe, and Ella that has achieved major success in mainland China.

Li Gang Incident

The Li Gang incident was a 2010 vehicle accident that went viral and became a major talking point in Chinese society. The catchphrase “My dad is Li Gang” remains a buzzword for Chinese official corruption and the privilege of the wealthy and well connected.

The History of the Xiongnu

The Xiongnu were a nomadic culture that inhabited what is now Northern China, Mongolia, and Southern Russia. Between 209 B.C.E. and 93 C.E., they formed a unified empire that dominated the Mongolia region and fought and treated with the Chinese civilizations of the time.

John Woo

John Woo is a Hong Kong film director best known for his "gun-fu" style of high-intensity action films.

2009 Urumqi Riots

One of China's most shocking violent outbursts in recent history led to a new era of internet policy and a more propaganda-savvy government.


Sina is one of China's earliest, biggest, and most successful internet companies.


Legalism was a Chinese political philosophy that advocated the control of society via strict laws and harsh punishments for violators.


Baidu is one of China's biggest and most influential internet companies.


Mohism was an ancient Chinese philosophy epsoused by the followers of Mozi during the Warring States period, but it failed to catch on the way Daoism and Confucianism did.


Xunzi, the third most important thinker in Confucianism, is best known for advocating the opposite position from Mencius: that humans are inherently bad.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.