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Video: Is David Beckham's Chinese Tattoo a Statement of Confucian Philosophy?

British football player David Beckham shows his tattoo to fans during his visit to Peking University on March 24, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

David Beckham hasn't had good luck with foreign-language tattoos in the past, but this one isn't bad, says an Asia Society language expert.

A Rock By Any Other Name: Asia's Premiere Language Game of 2012


What's in a name? Territorial disputes in the Pacific Ocean tap into a much older tradition of organizing reality and creating social order through naming.

Video: Robotic Confucius in Steel Cage Aims to Provoke Debate on Chinese Society


Watch a video of a robotic Confucius in a steel cage, an installation part of a larger exhibition by international artist Zhang Huan on view at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai.  

Not Your Father's Confucius

Visitors to the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, react to a sculpture of Confucius by artist Zhang Huan. (Rockbund Art Museum)

For the better part of two millennia, Confucius and his ideas of social harmony and responsibility have been venerated throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. As these countries confronted the challenges of modernity in the 20th century, however, people began to look critically at the legacy of the sage from Lu.