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The Chinese wrote consistent and accurate records at court after the year 841 BC, with the beginning of the Gonghe regency of the Western Zhou Dynasty. The earliest known narrative history of China was the Zuo Zhuan(左传), which was compiled no later than 389 BC, and attributed to the blind 5th century BC historian Zuo Qiuming(左丘明).
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Chinese Literature
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Chinese literature extends back thousands of years, from the earliest recorded dynastic court archives to the mature fictional novel that arose during the Ming Dynasty to entertain the masses of literate Chinese. The introduction of widespread woodblock printing during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the invention of movable type printing by Bi Sheng (990-1051) during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) rapidly spread written knowledge throughout China like never before. In more modern times, the author Lu Xun (1881-1936) would be considered the founder of modern baihua literature in China.
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Louis Cha (Jin Yong)
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Louis Cha —Jinyong(金庸),or Kam-yung,or Kim Dung (Vietnamese), is one of the most influential Chinese-language novelists. He is widely regarded as the finest Chinese wuxia ("martial arts and chivalry") writer, and has a widespread, unchallenged, almost religious following in all Chinese-speaking areas, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. His works have even been translated into Korean, and he has many fans in South Korea as well.
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The Tale of the Sword
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---Li Kaixian

1.A Brief Introduction to the Author
Li Kaixian(1502-1568), alias Bohua and styled Zhonglu, was born in Zhangqiu, Shandong Province. He was remembered as “one of the eight geniuses” in the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty for his artistic talent.
                       
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Classic Pieces (6) - The Analects
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【论语原文选段之十一】 杀身成仁

子曰:“志士仁人,无求生以害仁,有杀身以成仁。”

Confucius said , “A man with lofty ideals or humane man never gives up humanity to save his life, but may sacrifice his life to achieve humanity.”

【今译】
孔子说: “有志之士和仁人不会因为贪生怕死而损害仁德,只会牺牲自己来实行仁德。”
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Classic Pieces (5) - The Analects
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【 论语原文选段之六 】 三人行必有我师

子曰:“三人行,必有我师焉。择其善者而从之,其不善者而改之。”

The Master said, Even when walking in a party of no more than three I can always be certain of learning from those I am with. There will be good qualities that I can select for imitation and bad ones that will teach me what requires correction in myself.

本段今译:
孔子说:“三个人同行,其中便一定有值得我学习的人。我选取他的优点而学习,用他的那些缺点而反躬自问,如果自己有同样的缺点就改正。”
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