Thank you for your compliment; however, I really don’t seem to know everything as it can only be a dream for me! Hehehe!
Be careful what you wish for, they say.
I am so sorry I have asked so many insipid questions that irritate you! Of course, I can always look for books and then read them myself, but that is not the best way for me to learn. I am less fortunate than a lot of the members here, who are fluent in Chinese. Other than English, I am only fluent in Vietnamese. Hence, I have to rely heavily on the Vietnamese-translated texts. You know, one cannot even completely trust primary sources. Hence, translated texts are even less reliable! If I can just believe everything I read, then there is no need to generate any types of discussions regarding anything!
I can't read Chinese other than a few odd characters either. Your English is better than mine, I reckon (your verbosity is second to none in this forum, based on average words per post
There are quite a few good sources of Chinese history in Vietnamese, if one can wade through the the sea of sensationalism, cliches, and some of the most horrible translations (Check out Đường Sử Diễn Nghĩa, fantastically rich in facts, but stay away from rags like Đường Cung ## Hoŕng triều). There are some great scholarly works in English, some of them are even available freely on the web, including wikipedia, which can be surprisingly terrific (check out its articles on Northern Qi's rulers). Depends on your particular interest and the level of your interest in said subject, we can help pointing you to relevant sources.
I don't know if somehow my sarcastic intend went missing in the scolding tone
, I never advocate anyone to believe whatever that person read. Rather, make your own intepretation based on the bias-removed facts.
I come to CHF because I hope to gain an abundant amount of knowledge! Sometime I will ask questions because I really have no clue what you guys are talking about. Other times I will ask questions regarding the validity of some historical sources since history is a very delicate subject as books were usually written by victors and records could be easily altered. Besides, it is always good to have discussions. That way, one can be aware of the different viewpoints and circumstances.
Since I am illiterate in Chinese, I really have no right to deem any sources as reliable or vice versa. Hence, I really have to depend on others. That is why asking questions is vital for me!
Then ask, to the point, not beating around the bushes. I understand your pain having to construct an argument in way that intellectually doesn't make yourself appear a complete clueless idiot. Repeating cliches though (romanticized notions most oftenly are) that were being refuted usually only had the reversed effect (because it'd appear you challenged them with what they've already refuted, withthe implication that you didn't bother to read their argument fully in the first place).
Anyway, I apologize profusely if I may have aggravated you in any way since that definitely was not my intention at all! I know sometimes it may seem that I am being too meticulous and asking small detailed questions; however, this is only because I want to know all the possible information before arriving at a conclusion. If this had, has, or will have annoyed other members, I am really sorry, but this curiosity is ultimately coming from my passion for Chinese History. I am not saying that others don’t have the same kind of passion; however, this is how I will show my eagerness to learn.
Actually it's me who should be apologizing for over-reacting. I misinterpreted your intend (of which it must be said Yun judged correctly).
(Now, where's my soapbox gone?)
"When all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".