The Value of Education – East Asian versus Western thought by Lloyd Lofthouse

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in China, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off on The Value of Education – East Asian versus Western thought by Lloyd Lofthouse

To understand the Chinese mind, we should start with Confucius (552 – 479 BC), who is arguably the most influencial person in Chinese history and by extension the rest of East Asia: Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia—thanks to China being a regional super power for more than two thousand years, while its merchants helped spread Chinese cultural influence and thought to the other East Asian countries they traded with. An important Confucian influence on Chinese society and the rest of East Asia was his focus on education and scholarship, and it’s no secret that Chinese (and...

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Was China’s only female emperor the most powerful feminist in history? by Lloyd Lofthouse

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in China, Historical Tidbits | 2 comments

When I was writing My Splendid Concubine and discovered how powerful the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835 – 1908) was I had no idea there was another woman from China’s history who was more powerful than Cixi. Under Cixi—who ruled as regent through her son and then a nephew—China’s Qing Dynasty was in decline after suffering defeats during two opium wars and the destruction and deaths caused by the Taiping Rebellion; then the Boxer Rebellion almost a half century later. Cixi ruled China for forty-seven years but from behind the throne and never on it. The most powerful woman in China’s history was...

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The Bloodiest Rebellion in Human History by Lloyd Lofthouse

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in China, Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | 1 comment

Almost everyone knows about the American Revolution [1775 – 1783] that led to the founding of the United States, and many are aware of the French Revolution [1789 – 1799], but I suspect few outside of China [and possibly in China] are aware of the bloodiest rebellion in human history, the Christian led Taiping Rebellion [1845 – 1864]. I didn’t know about China’s Taiping Rebellion until I discovered it while researching the life of Sir Robert Hart, who is the [real-life] main character in my award-winning, historical-fiction novel, My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. Robert Hart—a British...

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A Brief History of the Age of Consent by Lloyd Lofthouse

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in China, Featured Book, Historical Research | 3 comments

An honest 21st century review of The Concubine Saga (combined edition of My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine at brought up a good subject for a post—the history of the changing attitudes of when a girl becomes a woman (You may want to click on the link to ColReads and read the entire review). ColReads said, “The girls were younger than 15, for goodness sake. I had a hard time getting past that,” which is understandable when we take into account that in 21st century America the law makes a girl/woman a child until age 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18...

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