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Shangzheng 觴政 "The Regiment of the Beaker"


The Shangzheng 觴政 "Regiment of the beaker" is written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Yuan Hongdao 袁宏道 (1586-1610), courtesy name Yuan Zhonglang 袁中郎 or Yuan Wuxue 袁無學, style Shigong 石公. He came from Gong'an 公安, Hubei, and rose to the office of sectional director of the Ministry of Personnel (libu langzhong 吏部郎中). Together with his brothers Yuan Zongdao 袁宗道 and Yuan Zhongdao 袁中道 (the Three Yuan 三袁) he founded the so-called Gong'an School 公安派 of Ming period writers. He has also written the book Pinghuazhai zalu 瓶花齋雜錄. His collected writings are called Yuan Zhonglang ji 袁中郎集.
The short book Shangzheng includes sixteen chapters that mainly quote from ancient texts on drinking games (jiuling 酒令), but the author himself added a few contemporarian customs. Zhu Guozhen 朱國楨 once said that Yuan Hongdao was not a great drinker, but was good at talking about wine. The Shangzheng is included in the collectanea Baichuan xuehai 百川學海, Chongding Xinshangbian 重訂欣賞編, Baoyantang miji 寶顏堂秘笈, Chengshi congke 程氏叢刻 and Shuofu 說郛.


Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1864. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
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