British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 10 (2020)

Making Sense of the Pandemic with Classical Chinese Idioms

Ashton Ng
University of Cambridge
Published July 5, 2020
How to Cite
Ng, A. (2020). Making Sense of the Pandemic with Classical Chinese Idioms. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 10. Retrieved from


In antiquity, Chinese intellectuals knew the dangers of rumour-mongering and myopic, tribalistic thinking. Thus, they devised numerous idioms and allusions to warn future generations. Today, with anti-Chinese conspiracy theories spreading rampantly throughout the world, scholars on China must heed the warnings of the ancients and play our part in combating misinformation on China.

  • Classical Chinese idioms,
  • COVID-19 pandemic,
  • coronavirus,
  • misinformation,
  • conspiracy theories
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