On the morning of March 20th, the opening report of ‘Chinese Rural Ethics Research’ was held in Suiyuan. Qingfei Shang, director of Jiangsu Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science,Qiaohong Wang, deputy director, and our vice-president Kangsheng Fu attended the report. Five experts from THU, CSU, NJU, HHU and NJNU, team members, and some doctors and masters studing ethics also appeared. Professor Junren Wan, ‘Changjiang Scholar’, president of CAES and THU School of Humanities and Mu Hu, deputy president of NJNU Humanities and Social Science Research Institute hosted the report.
Kangsheng Fu thanked experts for their long concern, support and help for our ethics subject and highly praised the important project. He indicated that rural areas were the foundation of Chinese society so that the subject was of great significance in today’s China. He hoped that research group could plan reasonably, collaborate to get high-quality and influential results and enhance academic influence of our ethics subject even philosophy subject. He also showed that our university would make every effort to support the research as well as provide convenience in all aspects to help them solve difficulties and make the project go on smoothly. Shang said that construction of rural all-round well-off society was the key of building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and construction of a new socialist countryside with Chinese characteristics needed Chinese rural ethical culture. Therefore, rural ethical issues were very important in this environment. He also encouraged research group to have practical report to give government intellectual support.
The chief expert of this project Lulu Wang reported research frame and idea, focal and difficult points, main innovative points, research plans, expected goals and the work that had been carried out. Later, professor Mengqin Cao and Zhixiang Li in NJNU and professor Guimei Li in HNNU reported one by one their research approaches and difficult problems of the sub-projects which they were responsible for.
Experts highly estimated research value, idea and strength. Moreover, they put forward some constructive suggestions for research methods and so on. Professor Junren Wan firstly spoke highly of rural research’s theoretical forefront and its practical implications of realizing the ‘two priorities’. He indicated that during research process, group members should adapt dynamic methods and take advantages of Chinese villages in the transition, especially attach importance to issues about farmer identity, fairness between city and village, rural cultural feedback, rural diversification and nationally difference. In addition, he showed clearly that the research group should set big academic goals, face problems bravely and directly with profound theories, come up with specific ideas and strategies, and gather power to set up schools. Professor Li Jianhua from CSU, ‘Changjiang Scholar’, vice-chairman of CAES, emphasized a point that research members should connect research with urban and rural integration background. They should have problem consciousness when dealing with differences between villages and accept sociologists and folklorists’ suggestions. Vice-chairman of CAES Xiaoxi Wang, who was from NJNU, advised that the research group need to try their best to find effective ways to solve rural ethical problems as well as report rural ethical situation. In the meantime, they should understand the meaning of ‘transition’ and grasp the rule of Chinese rural ethical changes to provide the decision taking base for relevant departments. Professor Ming Yang, the vice-president of provincial party school, also from NJU, said that the research group needed historical consciousness and time view, academic materials and era concerns, question surveys and depth interviews. They would better to strengthen problem awareness and focus on it when doing specific studies. The president of school of Marxism, professor Dahuai Yu from HHU stressed that what the research group needed to do was comparing village and city, economy and culture, Chinese village and foreign village. Meanwhile, differences between various areas deserved to be explored and new categories of rural ethics were expected to be put forward.
At last, on behalf of the expert group, group leader Junren Wan announced that the project ‘Chinese Rural Ethics Research’ supported by national social science foundation was of great academic value and practical significance. Both design and demonstration were not only comprehensive, scientific and reasonable but also of operability and perspectiveness. The reasonable structure of talents and abundant previous preparation ensured solid foundation for the research. After being discussed by the expert group, the project was allowed to start.