professor of Sinology (since 2002) at the Department for East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna. Vice Dean of the Faculty for Philological and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna, Sinology, Austria.
From the perspective of my knowledge of China, every scientific theory, the validity of which is not proven for China, and every scientific theory, that does not stand up to the infinite intellectual challenge to incorporate China, is incomplete. When this idea will one day be regarded as a matter of course, the discipline of sinology will be obsolete, as knowledge about China will not be regarded as exotic, but will be widely spread, so that specialists that make the knowledge about China available in all its diverse aspects and to a public largely uniformed about China, will not be needed any more. (cit. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik)