Open Horizons China
A Multi-Purpose Resource Page
for visitors interested in Process in China
1. Friends of Tong: Zhihe Wang and Meijun Fan
2. Ecological Civilization as Radical Transformation: Dr. Meijun Fan
3. Open Horizon Links Related to China
4. Process Americans Visit China
5. Whitehead's Eight Categories of Existence
6. More about Zhihe Wang and Meijun Fan
1. Friends of Tong (通)
The links on this webpage, offered below, are to Open Horizons essays. Many are very short and can be read in 10 minutes; some are longer.
Their purpose is not to inform Chinese of their own process traditions, but rather to encourage people from all nations and ethnicities to learn from Chinese process thinking. However, some of the articles are aimed at helping Chinese understand the approach of Western process thinking with regard to science, philosophy, and the philosophy of Whitehead. Thus the page truly is multi-purpose. It is for English-reading Chinese and non-Chinese.
All that Open Horizons does builds upon, and is indebted, to, the work of the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China and its founders, Dr. Zhihe Wang and Dr. Meijun Fan. They set the pace, we at Open Horizons take their lead. One word in Chinese that captures the spirit of their thinking, and also Open Horizons thinking, is Tong, which means something like "walking on an open road." There are many kinds of Tong. One of them is Xin Tong, or "linking people's hearts together as they walk upon an open road." This is the purpose of Open Horizons: to help link people's hearts so that they might walk together, on an open road, in ways that dwell in harmony among people, animals, and the earth.
2. Ecological Civilization as Holistic Transformation: Dr. Meijun Fan
3. Open Horizons Links on Various Topics
Note to Chinese, it you are interested in reading Whitehead's
Process and Reality on your own, click on the button:
Process and Reality on your own, click on the button:
Institute for Postmodern
Development of China
Center for Process Studies
Toward Ecological Civilization
For the Scholar
For the serious scholar, bibliography of books and articles on Process Philosophy. See the bibliographies offered by the Center for Process Studies. Click here.
Below please find assorted essays in Open Horizons on a wide array of subjects pertinent to those interested in "Process in China."
3. "Process" Americans Visit China
(Reflections from three college professors on 2014 visit made possible
by the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China)
Creative Localization: Rural Revitalization
Dr. Paul Bube (Lyon College, USA) describes is experience in a rural ecovillage. See: Ecological Civilizations in China: Creative Localization in Rural Settings.
A Powerful Role for the Humanities
Dr. Annie Merrill Ingram (Davidson College, USA) describes her experience as well. See It all Starts with Dancing: What the Environmental Humanities can Learn from Dancing.
Rebuilding a Village after an Earthquake
Rebuilding China after an Earthquake.(Stephen Field, Trinity University, USA). See Rebuilding China after an Earthquake.
4. Whitehead's Eight Categories of Existence
Developed by Dr. Haipeng Guo of United International University in Zhuhai.
Useful in interpreting and understanding the I Jing as well as Process and Reality.
These eight categories of existence offer an interpretive tool for understanding
human life, the worlds of plants and animals, and the universe as a whole.
Each and every event in the universe and in daily life includes these kinds of existents.
They are explained in the Whitehead Video Series. A complementary essay
in Open Horizons is Whitehead's Theory of Value by Professor John Cobb.
5. More About Zhihe Wang, Meijun Fan,
and the Work of their Institute
June 7, 2015, on the campus of Pomona college, Claremont, the following Chinese students are honored by Cobb Young Scholar Award: Chen Jing, Harbin Normal University: Sun Yao, Harbin Normal University; Liu Yiyu, South China Normal University; Wang Qi, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Gao Xi, Hebei University of Industry; Meng Fanhao, Shenyang University of Technology; Liu Xin, China University of law and Policy; Gan Xia, Shenxi Agricultural University
Zhihe Wang, Ph.D. is director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China. He was born in Beijing and got his Ph.D in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University. His areas of specialty include process philosophy, constructive postmodernism, ecological civilization, and second enlightenment. His recent publications include: Second Enlightenment (with Meijun Fan, 2011);Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity (2012).
Meijun Fan, Ph.D is the co-director of the China Project at the Center for Process Studies, Claremont; the program director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China; the editor-in-chief of Cultural Communication, a Chinese newspaper. She completed her doctoral studies at Beijing Normal University and master program at Peking University. Her areas of specialty include Chinese traditional aesthetics, process and aesthetical education. She has authored several books including: Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic (1997), The Popular Aesthetics in Qing Dynasty (2001), and The Second Enlightenment with Zhihe Wang (2011).