Dr. X. Yao
Thank you very much for your e-mail/fax dated 13 November. This university was updating its systems in the past two weeks, which resulted in failure of e-mail systems until today.
The book you and et al published in 1982 first came to my attention in 1986 when I was to start teaching on applied Ethics. I as well as two of my former classmates decided to translate the book into English. I tried to contact you by sending a letter to the publisher saying that we would be very grateful if you could write a forward to its Chinese edition. But nothing was heard--which I guessed either because of the address or because the publisher did not bother to pass it on to you. The book subsequently was published in 1988. (Concerning copyright, I have to confess that we did not know anything about it at that time, and I am also quite clear that the publishers of China then were not bound by an agreement on copyright. Although I now think that it was not right to publish the Chinese translation of your book without permission from you and the original publishers, I hope that above explanation could be accepted)
I left China for Britain not very long after the publication of the book, and in the past 10 years I have been in Britain. I have been back to Beijing a number of times, normally once a year, but it seems that I have never thought of the particular book we translated long time ago. I do not have a copy at my hand, nor I have seen it for about 10 years. Upon receiving your letter, I wrote to one of my co-translators and asked him to search for one or two copies. It is certain that the book has long time ago been out-printed, and the only way to get one or two copies is to search in personal stores of books. I will let you as soon as I hear from him.
I am sure that you would be pleased to know that your book has been read in many universities in China, because it was one of the first few Western books on applying ethics that were introduced to the Chinese. For this, I am deeply grateful to you.
Xinzhong Yao, Ph. D, FRSA
Department of Theology & Religious Studies
University of Wales, Lampeter
Ceredigion SA48 7ED
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