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Si Ma Qian and Shi Ji (The Historian Records) Part 1

Note: I replaced the talk on oracle script with this topic instead for Dec 2012. I will be the speaker for this talk. (Qinli)

It is held in the Serangoon Public library, in NEX mall of Serangoon.

My contact number:[masked]

Before Shiji, historical texts are specifically dedicated to a definite time period. Spring and autumn annals only speak of the period of anarchy after the breakdown of Zhou dynasty. Historian official Si Ma Qian compiled a comphrehensive historical texts that covers from antiquity to his contemporary days. The scope is much wider compared to previous works. Shi Ji offered much insights for the future generation on Han and Pre-Han history. To appreciate his works, I dedicate this session to talk about the life of Si Ma Qian, and his impressive work, the Historian Records.

Do you know that Sima Qian is not an offcial Historian? He did the work during his spare time and it was not sponsored by the state. It was passed around secretly and discretely after the completion. Its likened to say that you would not see Shiji sold in "Popular" bookstore in present day context. Perhaps, rather you see it in the dark alleys of Geylang Lorangs of make-shift table stalls.


Background information on Chinese historiography

Chinese civilisation's attitude towards history

Background info on Sima Qian

Motivation of Sima Qian

Special features and importance of Shi Ji

Interpretation of Shi Ji

This talk is in English.

Why you should attend?

Because I'm going to remodel history to be a relevant and intriguing topic for anyone who is a newbie in the topic. I hope to spur your interest in china history.

Program highlights:

1) Ice-breaking and welcome speech by Qinli

2) Talk begins

3) Discussion and sharing among audience

4) Refreshments (Yes. Free refreshments provided by the library)

5) Casual session of card games(San Guo Sha and others) or mix and mingle in Macdonald's

6) Dinner together

Some things to note:

1)The library is as cold as winter season. Bring a jacket or heater or risk a frostbite.... (i exaggerate) :)

2) Please don't run away once the talk ends. :) i might have to resort to locking the room...muahhahaha. We would like to create a critical thinking culture and hear your thoughts on the topic discussed. Here's a way to encourage you to speak up. Instead of presenting and speaking in front of the group, you can post your comments on my facebook page. I will open and create the post on the day itself.

3) Please update your RSVP. Only reply "yes", if you are seriously showing up. Put yourself in the shoe of the speaker. It's quite demoralising for the speaker to see 30 "yes" but only 10 showed up. Also, the library will prepare refreshment accordingly to the expected number of participants. Its not nice to see the food wasted.

4) Please try to set aside time after the talk and stay back for dinner. I hope to take the chance to talk to you and get to know you better. Also take the opportunity to mingle and make new friends.

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  • Yang Q.

    I made one very big mistake in the talk. Let me correct myself now and thank you to the audiences who helped to point out the fact that the grand astrologer do record history as part of their duty. Please refer to the forum section which i highlight wat was wrong.

    December 17, 2012

  • green

    Interesting, the reading over Si Ma Qians background revealed more about his timeframe regarding punishment, honor and political visions. Thought it very admirable that one man took such painstaking efford to finish his father's work.

    December 16, 2012

  • green

    Learned more about history and had fun :)

    December 16, 2012

  • Tong WeiQiang, A.

    Very enlightening! ^^

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Qinli, is this session open to general public?

    December 14, 2012

  • Albert L.

    Thanks, Qinli. Your introduction about this topic really attracts me! Looking forward to learn :)

    1 · October 31, 2012

  • Yang Q.

    Its conducted in the library in NEX mall. My contact number is[masked]

    October 31, 2012

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