Towards the end of class today, we read two documents expressing the two different perspectives of implementing technology into the Chinese culture. The first author we read was Feng Guifen, who made an argument that the Chinese should adopt Western technology and sciences while keeping true to their Chinese values, such as Confucianism. He believed that the Chinese had the superior intellect compared to the “barbarians,” and that they needed to figure out a way to use it to add onto the already established “methods” of the Westerners. While he did acknowledge them and their effective ways, he still downplayed their intelligence in reference to that of his own people. On the contrary, Yan Fu suggested that such an integration of technologies and sciences from the West could not mix successfully with the culture and already-valued traditions of Chinese culture. He said “If the two are separated, each can be independent;” but “if the two were combined, both would perish.” He felt that if Western technology were to be borrowed, then the Western government, sciences, etc. would also have to be adopted. Throughout the 19 and 20th centuries, it was a widely debated topic amongst Chinese thinkers. To this day, it is still a heavily debated topic as well. We did not get the opportunity to talk about this debate that much in class today, so I was wondering, what is everyone else’s thoughts on it?