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Дыхание Китая

Chinese obituary notices and biographical sketches of men and women written by their chidren are so unreadable, so uninteresting and so untrue, because they make all their ancestors appear abnormally and wholly virtuous beings... The great criticism of my book on China by my countrymen is that I make the Chinese too human, that I have painted their weaknesses as well as their strength. My countrymen (at least the little bureaucrats) believe that I if had painted China as a paradise inhabited by Confucianist saints only, living in a millenium of peace and reason, I could have done more effective propaganda for my country! There is really no limit to the stupidity of bureaucrats...
Lin Yutang, 1937
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