Lam, Lai Sing
About the author: Lam Lai Sing received his PhD from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He was a Research Officer, Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong. He is presently Visiting Fellow, Centre for Applied Economic Research, School of Economics, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Since the publication of The Role of Ch’i in Mao Tse-tung’s Leadership Style, Dr. Lam has been widely recognized as a leading scholar of Mao Tse-tung Thought. His subsequent major works are Mao Tse-tung’s Purposive Contention with the Superpowers: The Theory of Ch’i, and Mao-Tse-tung’s Chi’i and the Chinese Political Economy. He was recently honored with a International Biographical Centre Cambridge award as one of the 500 founders of the 21st century and an American Biographical Institute award as 1995 0-7734-2289-7
This work examines the role of Ch’i in Mao’s style of ‘uprooting the mountain of capitalism’. It argues that in uprooting this mountain, Mao adopted a policy formulation approach which reflected his very Ch’i and that his personality, thought processes and creative policies were much influenced by the Ch’i elements of hyperbole and astronomical power found in traditional political leaders and Chinese literature. It also contends that it was the ch’i-possessed Mao who originally formulated the policy of the PRC’s present ‘four modernizations’ scheme.
This monograph argues that the concept of the curvature of the Chinese roof, which symbolizes the divine ‘flying bird’, was conceived as early as the totemic Shang times (16th-11th centuries BC). It further contends that the divine image expressed by the roof structure and the supporting brackets were two distinct structural components. The study examines the concepts of shen and ang, and the influence of the ‘literati landscape painting’ of the Song dynasty.
“This remarkably accessible book discusses its topic in a lucid and engaging manner. Lam Lai Sing is clearly very well informed and exhibits a passion for his material. . . . provides abundant material for East and Southeast Asianists, I am confident that this book will be well received not only by its specialist readers but also by a more general audience. . . students of design and architecture as well as scholars interested in Chinese cultural influences in Southeast Asia.” – Dr. Raul Pertierra, University of New South Wales
“In his lucid argumentation, Dr. Lam makes out a convincing case for his new theory. . . a significant contribution not only to architectural scholarship, but also to that of social change.” – Eric K-C Lye, OBE, B Arch, MFA, FRAIC, FHKIA, RIBA, Hon RICS, Hon AIA, Director of Studies of Architecture and Interior Design, The University of Hong Kong
“. . . of special interest for its implications for the social sciences, in particular for cultural anthropologists who want to gain insight into the lifestyle and religion of particularly the ancient Chinese ruling class of the Shang society. Dr. Lam’s new theory of the divine ‘flying bird’ certainly stimulates a discussion about the ancient religious thoughts, about the importance of religion among the ruling class, as well as the position of the ancient ruling class who used religion for control. . . . Dr. Lam’s research vitally includes traditional Chinese architectural development under the influence of modern European and American architecture during the 20th century. Last but not least, Dr. Lam’s reference to the ancient Chinese texts presents the architectural reader with a survey about the major theoretical approaches taken by both Chinese and Western scholars. I consider that by virtue of connecting ancient Chinese religious and philosophical thoughts to architectural design and development is indeed a pioneering work.” – F. Landa Jocano, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Asian Center.
This study contends that the personality, thought processes and creative policies of Mao were substantially moulded by the ch'i elements of hyperbole and astronomical power found in traditional political leaders and Chinese literature. Mao's functional ch'i provided him with the methodology of creating astronomical power by effectively organizing the Chinese masses for his hyperbolical task of the Chinese revolution which was "part of the world revolution."