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“After a wave of criticism online, administrators of the Confucius Temple
in Beijing said they planned to replace a plaque bearing an inscription
by Mo Yan, who was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The wooden plaque features the characters ‘Qian Long Shi Jing,’ or Stone
Classics of Qian Long, and is the marker for an exhibition hall housing
stone tablets engraved with excerpts from Confucian classics during the
reign of the 18th-century emperor Qian Long. Three smaller characters
indicate that the inscription is by Mr. Mo.“
For more on the story, including details of the criticism and ongoing discussion of the inscription on the plaque, see Cherie Chan, “Confucius Temple in Beijing to Reverse Course on Mo Yan Inscription,” New York Times (18 May 2015)
Image: Ren Zhong