Tony Yin Tak Chu highlights the cultural advances introduced by the First Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi: harmonized writings, standardized weights and measurements and an established defence system against the nomadic invasions (The Great Wall). A unified China opened the way for cultural development and transformation.
Qin Shi Huangdi was influenced by Li Si, a man who came from humble circumstances in the kingdom of Chu, to the south. Li Si studied under a Confucian philosopher before moving to Qin in 247 BC. The Prime Minister at that time, Lu Buwei invited Li Si to be his guest. This honour gave Li Si the opportunity to meet and impress Qin Shi Huangdi with his views on how to unify China.
On Li Si’s recommendation, Qin Shi Huangdi initiated the policy of the “carrot” to go along with the “stick” of legalism. This policy allowed the state to mobilize its citizens by convincing them that they were working for the greater good. Li Si served under Qin Shi Huangdi and his son, Qin Er Shi (Ershi Huangdi). History remembers Li Si as an eminent Legalist and a distinguished calligrapher.
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Artist: Tony Yin Tak Chu