“Keep an Open Mind”: Teaching Feng’s The Three-Inch Golden Lotus

Document Type


Journal Title

Voice of Han

Publication Date

Fall 2005


In the spring of 1995, I was privileged to serve as a teaching assistant for the Integrated Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I was assigned to its Introduction to Global Cultures course, and I was responsible for leading discussion sessions on a number of international texts as a supplement to a series of lectures by established professors from a variety of departments on campus (professors who offered their time and energy free of charge to the program, I might add). One of those professors was Edward Friedman (from the Political Science Department), an expert on Chinese politics and democratization, and one of the texts he assigned for the course was Feng Jicai’s The Three-Inch Golden Lotus.


Dr. Foss' article begins on page 79.

Additional volumes of the Voice of Han can be located at: https://haihungfound.org/the-voice-of-han.

Publisher Statement

The Voice of Han is an educational journal in Chinese studies and international relations published by the Hai Hung Foundation. The Hai Hung Foundation (https://haihungfound.org/) is a non-profit organization established in Virginia, USA in 2000.

Copyright: Hai Hung Foundation. All rights reserved.

NOTE: This article is openly available on the web.