2018 / November
Esther Tseng /photos courtesy of Chuang Kung-ju /tr. by Jonathan Barnard
“The ultimate effect of social transformation in the Tang and Song dynasties was the expansion of the common people’s power.” So remarked Dr. Yoshinobu Shiba, winner of the third Tang Prize in Sinology, in an exclusive interview with Taiwan Panorama. The power of the common people repelled raids by barbarians, thus allowing for the cultural achievements of the Tang and Song dynasties, he explains. Moreover, the common people of Fujian and surrounding areas would demonstrate their empowerment through emigration, which laid the groundwork for the contributions of today’s overseas Chinese.