"The author didn't want to write an article to discuss the characters of the Chinese. He didn't want to say: Chinese people are like this, Chinese people are like that. Rather, he used some stories to illustrate their behaviors, their characters, and particularly the politics between them."
"Words are power tools in Chinese politics. The housekeeper started the conversation by saying that she doesn't like to lend money to poor relatives. This was even before the old lady's request, which made the old lady feel uneasy, and lowered her expectation. In the end the housekeeper agreed to lend a little money to the old lady, which was already enough to make her feel super grateful."
"When the emperor's concubine went to see The Family. The Family spent a lot of money to build a beautiful house for her, for just one visit."
"Chinese politics is all about face. This has been true for thousands of years, and is even truer today. You still remember how they organized the Beijing Olympics?"
"Many people think it's about history, about the great wars between heroes. But if you are able to comprehend the true meaning of the author's words, you would know that it's all about politics and the relationship between rulers and their servants. It's like Machiavelli's 'Il Principe', but in a story mode."