After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country.
For all the social changes in China can be traced to their early beginnings in the days when the new tools or vehicles of commerce and locomotion first brought the Chinese people into unavoidable contact with the strange ways and novel goods of the Western peoples.
Life and human society are the chief concern of Confucianism and, through it, the chief concern of the Chinese people.
On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people.
The Chinese people, too, went through all kinds of vicissitudes in their religious development.
What is sacred among one people may be ridiculous in another; and what is despised or rejected by one cultural group, may in a different environment become the cornerstone for a great edifice of strange grandeur and beauty.