Confucianism is the core of Asian culture. It exerts powerful influence upon political, intellectual and economic lives of traditional Chinese society, as well as other countries like Korea, Japan, etc. And it is still active in modern times. Because of this, the further study of Confucian Classics was, is and will be one of the most important subjects in Chinese Studies, both at home and abroad. In China, the golden age of the study of Confucian Classics was the Qing Dynasty. The scholars at that time combined pure textual study with other areas such as phonology, linguistics and diplomatics.

Most of the Confucian Classics were re-noted in Qing Dynasty. The new notes surpassed the former ones so greatly that they became a must-be-needed for people in later ages. Shangshu, of course, was also widely noted by scholars in Qing Dynasty. The most famous are Shangshu Jin Gu Wen Zhu Shu by Sun Xingyan, Jin Wen Shangshu Kao Zheng by Pi Xirui, and Shangshu Kong Zhuan Can Zheng by Wang Xianqian.

My research and work will focus on Shangshu studies in 17-18 centuries, the first is to check and punctuate Shangshu Kong Zhuan Can Zheng by Wang Xianqian fully, the secound is to take Shangshu as a case, and to investigate some questions concerning the "Old Text" and "New Text" in the Confucian studies in Qing Dynasty. I have already done some studies before. I am expecting to achieve more in my visiting in IIAS in Leiden.