Guy Alitto, Associate Professor in History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, has inspired and is featured in a Chinese Documentary called The Last Confucian and Me, based on Alitto’s book The Last Confucian: Liang Shu-ming and the Chinese Dilemma of Modernity. Liang’s influence had been nearly forgotten until the appearance of Alitto’s crucial work on the Chinese philosopher.
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“It was fate that brought you together,” a young news reporter says to Alitto in the documentary. The documentary follows Alitto through vintage photographs of his work as an interpreter and scholar, and takes him back to a village where he did field work in the 1980s and 1990s.
Alitto observes: “As things improve in China materially, there also may be an opening for improvements for society as well, not only in China but elsewhere.” When the first book of transcripts on Liang came out, it was given the English title “Has Mankind a Future?” The documentary closes with the answer: “We have a Future!”