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* ''Chatting while Following (the) Track'' (循迹漫聊): a series of short videos whereby he responds to queries posed by online users; like ''Hi History!'', the series also features bite-size videos on various historical topics (although clips on certain topics may be more than 10 minutes long). The series does not come with Chinese subtitles, and his videos are actually a subsection of the series. [[note]]So, don't be surprised when you search the series on Youtube and find videos featuring other personalities.[[/note]] In 2020, the subsection where he responds to queries was given a new name: "Yuan-sir flips the tablet(s)" (袁色翻牌, "Yuan se fan pai") [[note]]"fan pai" refers to the practice of Qing emperors to choose which concubine they would spend the night with by flipping over the tablet with the favored concubine's name written on it. [[/note]]

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* ''Chatting while Following (the) Track'' (循迹漫聊): a series of short videos whereby he responds to queries posed by online users; like ''Hi History!'', the series also features bite-size videos on various historical topics (although clips on certain topics may be more than 10 minutes long). The series does not come with Chinese subtitles, and his videos are actually a subsection of the series. [[note]]So, don't be surprised when you search the series on Youtube and find videos featuring other personalities.[[/note]] In 2020, the subsection where he responds to queries was given a new name: "Yuan-sir flips the tablet(s)" (袁色翻牌, "Yuan se fan pai") [[note]]"fan pai" (literally "flipping (a) tablet") refers to the practice of Qing emperors to choose which concubine they would spend the night with by flipping over the tablet with the favored concubine's name written on it. it.[[/note]] The last video in which he appeared personally was uploaded in late June 2023. From July 2023 onward, his appearance was replaced by an avatar, complete with an artificially generated voice.
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** The trope reached a meta level when footage from the 2013 Chinese series "The Last Emperor" was used to illustrate the abdication of Puyi and Empress Dowager Longyu. While actress Creator/KaraWai's resemblance to the historical Empress Dowager Longyu was not strong, she actually hailed from the same clan as Longyu (the Yehenara clan). [[note]]Wai is of Manchu descent, and her father escaped to Hong Kong with his family during the 1950s as the Huis were persecuted during the Chinese Civil War. Hui herself was born in Hong Kong in Feb 1960.[[/note]]

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** The trope reached a meta level when footage from the 2013 Chinese series "The Last Emperor" was used to illustrate the abdication of Puyi and Empress Dowager Longyu. While actress Creator/KaraWai's resemblance to the historical Empress Dowager Longyu was not strong, she actually hailed from the same clan as Longyu (the Yehenara clan). [[note]]Wai is of Manchu descent, and her father escaped to Hong Kong with his family during the 1950s as the Huis Wais were persecuted during the Chinese Civil War. Hui Wai herself was born in Hong Kong in Feb 1960.[[/note]]
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** He noted that Emperor Huizong was UnfitForGreatness as his passion was in the arts, and that his ascension to the throne was largely due to accident. Emperor Huizong was also noted for his vast number of children [[note]]more than 30 sons ''and'' 30 daughters[[/note]]. He also noted the sad childhood of Emperor Gaozong, which may have played a part in his leaving his father and brother in the lurch after their abduction during the Disaster of Jingkang. [[note]]Yuan also cynically noted that a main reason why Gaozong had an ambivalent stance towards the Jurchen Jin was that if the Jin were too weak, the Southern Song military would then be able to rescue Huizong and Qinzong from captivity, which would threaten his position as emperor. If they are too strong, it obviously spells trouble for his Southern Song regime.[[/note]]

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** He noted that Emperor Huizong was UnfitForGreatness as his passion was in the arts, and that his ascension to the throne was largely due to accident. Emperor Huizong was also noted for his vast number of children [[note]]more than 30 sons ''and'' 30 daughters[[/note]]. He also noted the sad childhood of Emperor Gaozong, which may have played a part in his leaving his father and brother in the lurch after their abduction during the Disaster of Jingkang. [[note]]Yuan also cynically noted that a main reason why Gaozong had an ambivalent stance towards the Jurchen Jin was that if the Jin were too weak, the Southern Song military would then be able to rescue Huizong and Qinzong from captivity, which would threaten his position as emperor. If they are were too strong, it obviously spells spelt trouble for his Southern Song regime.[[/note]]

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* ButNowIMustGo: In his overseas lectures, he repeatedly emphasizes that he cannot speak as freely as his audience would like him to, for one simple reason: he has to return to China.



* RealityEnsues: In his overseas lectures, he repeatedly emphasizes that he cannot speak as freely as his audience would like him to, for one simple reason: he has to return to China.
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Eventually, Yuan quit teaching, and became a full-time social media personality. He has an [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xunxPS6oZ1zzKufgREFuA official Youtube channel]], and a [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM33VtveeEmfA6LC7tH30Xw personal Youtube channel.]] At the height of his troubles, he also used the pseudonym "Fang Sheng" (方生, "Mr Fang"); the name still pops up from time to time in his recent works.

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Eventually, Yuan quit teaching, and became a full-time social media personality. He has an [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xunxPS6oZ1zzKufgREFuA official Youtube channel]], [[https://www.dailymotion.com/yuantengfeiofficial an official Dailymotion channel]] and a [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM33VtveeEmfA6LC7tH30Xw personal Youtube channel.]] At the height of his troubles, he also used the pseudonym "Fang Sheng" (方生, "Mr Fang"); the name still pops up from time to time in his recent works.
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Eventually, Yuan quit teaching, and became a full-time social media personality. He has an [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xunxPS6oZ1zzKufgREFuA official Youtube channel]], a [[https://www.dailymotion.com/yuantengfeipindao Dailymotion channel]] and a [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM33VtveeEmfA6LC7tH30Xw personal Youtube channel.]] At the height of his troubles, he also used the pseudonym "Fang Sheng" (方生, "Mr Fang"); the name still pops up from time to time in his recent works.

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Eventually, Yuan quit teaching, and became a full-time social media personality. He has an [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xunxPS6oZ1zzKufgREFuA official Youtube channel]], a [[https://www.dailymotion.com/yuantengfeipindao Dailymotion channel]] and a [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM33VtveeEmfA6LC7tH30Xw personal Youtube channel.]] At the height of his troubles, he also used the pseudonym "Fang Sheng" (方生, "Mr Fang"); the name still pops up from time to time in his recent works.
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** For the Yelyus, he noted the three rebellions which Liao Taizu had to put down, which involved his brothers. His wife Empress Shulyu, a [[TheHighQueen high Queen]] through and through, denied their eldest son the throne, and constantly interfered with their second son's (Taizong) reign. After Taizong's death, Empress Dowager Shulyu risked civil war in an attempt to put her favorite and youngest son on the throne, over her eldest grandson (Shizong). In addition, Yuan noted that unlike the dynasties of the Central Plains, the Khitan Liao never gave up the practice of allowing male members of the imperial family to accumulate military/ political power. To make matters worse, the relatives of the empresses often found ways and means to accumulate such power as well. The result is that Liao history was filled with disturbances from disgruntled members of the royal Yelyu and Xiao [[note]]The custom of conferring the surname "Xiao" to the empress's family began with Liao Taizu. As Taizu admired Han Gaozu (Liu Bang), he had his own Yelü clan take on the Han Chinese surname of Liu, while having the clans of past and present consorts of Yelü chieftains take on the surname of "Xiao", after Gaozu's prime minister Xiao He; based on this Liao tradition, nearly all of the subsequent empresses of Liao carried the surname of Xiao.[[/note]] clans.

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** For the Yelyus, he noted the three rebellions which Liao Taizu had to put down, which involved his brothers. His wife Empress Shulyu, a [[TheHighQueen high Queen]] through and through, denied their eldest son the throne, and constantly interfered with their second son's (Taizong) reign. After Taizong's death, Empress Dowager Shulyu risked civil war in an attempt to put her favorite and youngest son on the throne, over her eldest grandson (Shizong). In addition, Yuan noted that unlike the dynasties of the Central Plains, the Khitan Liao never gave up the practice of allowing male members of the imperial family to accumulate military/ political power. To make matters worse, the relatives of the empresses often found ways and means to accumulate such power as well. The result is that Liao history was filled with disturbances from disgruntled members of the royal Yelyu and Xiao [[note]]The custom of conferring the surname "Xiao" to the empress's family began with Liao Taizu. As Taizu admired Han Gaozu (Liu Bang), he had his own Yelü clan take on the Han Chinese surname of Liu, while having the clans of past and present consorts of Yelü chieftains take on the surname of "Xiao", after Gaozu's prime minister Xiao He; based on this Liao tradition, nearly all of the subsequent Liao empresses of Liao carried had the surname of Xiao."Xiao".[[/note]] clans.
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** For the Yelyus, he noted the three rebellions which Liao Taizu had to put down, which involved his brothers. His wife Empress Shulyu, a [[TheHighQueen high Queen]] through and through, denied their eldest son the throne, and constantly interfered with their second son's (Taizong) reign. After Taizong's death, Empress Dowager Shulyu risked civil war in an attempt to put her favorite and youngest son on the throne, over her eldest grandson (Shizong). In addition, Yuan noted that unlike the dynasties of the Central Plains, the Khitan Liao never gave up the practice of allowing male members of the imperial family to accumulate military/ political power. To make matters worse, the relatives of the empresses often found ways and means to accumulate such power as well. The result is that Liao history was filled with disturbances from disgruntled members of the royal Yelyu and Xiao [[note]]The custom of conferring the surname "Xiao" to the empress's family began with Liao Taizu. As Taizu admired Han Gaozu (Liu Bang), he had his own Yelü clan take on the Han Chinese surname of Liu, while having the clans of past and present consorts of Yelü chieftains take on the surname of "Xiao", after Gaozu's prime minister Xiao He; based on Liao tradition, nearly all of the subsequent empresses of Liao carried the surname of Xiao.[[/note]] clans.

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** For the Yelyus, he noted the three rebellions which Liao Taizu had to put down, which involved his brothers. His wife Empress Shulyu, a [[TheHighQueen high Queen]] through and through, denied their eldest son the throne, and constantly interfered with their second son's (Taizong) reign. After Taizong's death, Empress Dowager Shulyu risked civil war in an attempt to put her favorite and youngest son on the throne, over her eldest grandson (Shizong). In addition, Yuan noted that unlike the dynasties of the Central Plains, the Khitan Liao never gave up the practice of allowing male members of the imperial family to accumulate military/ political power. To make matters worse, the relatives of the empresses often found ways and means to accumulate such power as well. The result is that Liao history was filled with disturbances from disgruntled members of the royal Yelyu and Xiao [[note]]The custom of conferring the surname "Xiao" to the empress's family began with Liao Taizu. As Taizu admired Han Gaozu (Liu Bang), he had his own Yelü clan take on the Han Chinese surname of Liu, while having the clans of past and present consorts of Yelü chieftains take on the surname of "Xiao", after Gaozu's prime minister Xiao He; based on this Liao tradition, nearly all of the subsequent empresses of Liao carried the surname of Xiao.[[/note]] clans.
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* ''The Unkillable Ottomans'' (打不死的奥斯曼): Yuan narrates the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, starting from its founder Osman Ghazi.

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* ''The Unkillable Ottomans'' (打不死的奥斯曼): Yuan narrates the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, starting from its founder Osman Ghazi. However, there is a huge TimeSkip in the last episode; the last two events mentioned were the Treaty of Constantinople signed in 1700 and the founding of modern Turkey in ''1923''.

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** In some of his videos on his personal channel, the shirt he wore bears the characters "Mo Tan Guo Shi" (莫谈国事; "Don't talk about national affairs").

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** In some of his videos on his personal channel, the shirt he wore bears the characters "Mo Tan Guo Shi" (莫谈国事; "Don't talk about national affairs").

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** In the ''Yuan's Travels'' episode where he and his guest visited the tomb of Ming-era eunuch Tian Yi, his guest asked him if there was anything in common between eunuchs who fell from grace during imperial times and PRC officials who suffered the same fate during Xi Jinping's rule. Yuan's response was that while there were no more eunuchs in the physiological sense, people with the mentality of eunuchs were all too common. These people, like eunuchs, "deceived those above and concealed from those below" (Original: 欺上瞒下). In his opinion, such people can never truly serve the people. Then, he stopped himself by declaring that they should be talking about ancient history and not current affairs.

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** In the ''Yuan's Travels'' episode where he and his guest visited the tomb of Ming-era eunuch Tian Yi, his guest asked him if there was anything in common between eunuchs who fell from grace during imperial times and PRC officials who suffered the same fate during Xi Jinping's rule. Yuan's response was that while there were no more eunuchs in the physiological sense, people with the mentality of eunuchs were all too common. These people, like eunuchs, "deceived "concealed from those above and concealed from bullied those below" (Original: 欺上瞒下).瞒上欺下). In his opinion, such people can never truly serve the people. Then, he stopped himself by declaring that they should be talking about ancient history and not current affairs.
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**While he joins tour groups visiting various historical/ cultural landmarks as a paid guide, he insists that he is ''not'' a "tour guide", as he only handles the lecturing aspect of the tour.

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** The trope reached a meta level when footage from the 2013 Chinese series "The Last Emperor" was used to illustrate the abdication of Puyi and Empress Dowager Longyu. While actress Kara Hui's resemblance to the historical Empress Dowager Longyu was not strong, she actually hailed from the same clan as Longyu (the Yehenara clan). [[note]]Hui is of Manchu descent, and her father escaped to Hong Kong with his family during the 1950s as the Huis were persecuted during the Chinese Civil War. Hui herself was born in Hong Kong in Feb 1960.[[/note]]

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** The trope reached a meta level when footage from the 2013 Chinese series "The Last Emperor" was used to illustrate the abdication of Puyi and Empress Dowager Longyu. While actress Kara Hui's Creator/KaraWai's resemblance to the historical Empress Dowager Longyu was not strong, she actually hailed from the same clan as Longyu (the Yehenara clan). [[note]]Hui [[note]]Wai is of Manchu descent, and her father escaped to Hong Kong with his family during the 1950s as the Huis were persecuted during the Chinese Civil War. Hui herself was born in Hong Kong in Feb 1960.[[/note]]
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*{{Troll}}: In his personal Youtube channel, he tends to pin one troll comment per video; his fans/supporters would predictably rip into the troll.

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** In the ''Yuan's Travels'' episode where he and his guest visited the tomb of Ming-era eunuch Tian Yi, his guest asked him if there was anything in common between eunuchs who fell from grace during imperial times and PRC officials who suffered the same fate during Xi Jinping's rule. Yuan's response was that while there were no more eunuchs in the physiological sense, people with the mentality of eunuchs were all too common. These people, like eunuchs, "deceived those above and concealed from those below" (欺上瞒下). In his opinion, such people can never truly serve the people. Then, he stopped himself by declaring that they should be talking about ancient history and not current affairs.

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** In the ''Yuan's Travels'' episode where he and his guest visited the tomb of Ming-era eunuch Tian Yi, his guest asked him if there was anything in common between eunuchs who fell from grace during imperial times and PRC officials who suffered the same fate during Xi Jinping's rule. Yuan's response was that while there were no more eunuchs in the physiological sense, people with the mentality of eunuchs were all too common. These people, like eunuchs, "deceived those above and concealed from those below" (欺上瞒下).(Original: 欺上瞒下). In his opinion, such people can never truly serve the people. Then, he stopped himself by declaring that they should be talking about ancient history and not current affairs.

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Yuan graduated from Capital Normal University with a major in Chinese history, and had taught Chinese history in various Beijing high schools. He came to popular attention when videos of his history courses were posted online in 2008. The videos were classroom recordings made by a Beijing cram school, for which Yuan was moonlighting, and made available online behind the school's paywall. The videos were copied, presumably without any authorization, and posted to other free video-sharing websites. According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EO2rxMK36w himself]], he taught at high schools from 1994 to 2007. What prompted him to leave teaching was a combination of several factors. [[note]]He noted the lowly status of history as a subject in Chinese high schools, being non-examinable except for humanities students, and having no competitions which can win honors for the students, teachers or schools. The straw which broke the camel's back was a re-scheduling of his history lessons to a late afternoon slot in order to make way for extra physics lessons.[[/note]] As for his viral videos, his side of the story was that they were posted online on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youku Youku]] by the cram school as advertisements, and that he did not realize their significance until much later. [[note]]What he left unsaid was the possibility that his "safer" history videos were the ones used as adverts, while his "sensitive" (read: anti-Mao) ones went viral on Youtube, which has a ''very'' ambiguous status in China.[[/note]] On his troubles with the Chinese authorities, his version is that he offered to resign as a public servant in 2011, but was kept on the payroll until 2013. His videos remain officially BannedInChina as of 2021; curiously, his books are still permitted.

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Yuan graduated from Capital Normal University with a major in Chinese history, and had taught Chinese history in various Beijing high schools. He came to popular attention when videos of his history courses were posted online in 2008. The videos were classroom recordings made by a Beijing cram school, for which Yuan was moonlighting, and made available online behind the school's paywall. The videos were copied, presumably without any authorization, and posted to other free video-sharing websites. According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EO2rxMK36w himself]], he taught at high schools from 1994 to 2007. What prompted him to leave teaching was a combination of several factors. [[note]]He noted the lowly status of history as a subject in Chinese high schools, being non-examinable except for humanities students, and having no competitions which can win honors for the students, teachers or schools. The straw which broke the camel's back was a re-scheduling of his history lessons to a late afternoon slot in order to make way for extra physics lessons.[[/note]] As for his viral videos, his side of the story was that they were posted online on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youku Youku]] by the cram school as advertisements, and that he did not realize their significance until much later. [[note]]What he left unsaid was the possibility that his "safer" history videos were the ones used as adverts, while his "sensitive" (read: anti-Mao) ones went viral on Youtube, which has a ''very'' ambiguous status in China.[[/note]] On his troubles with the Chinese authorities, his version is that he offered to resign as a public servant in 2011, but was kept on the payroll until 2013. His videos works remain officially BannedInChina as of 2021; curiously, his books are still permitted.
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Eventually, Yuan quit teaching, and became a full-time social media personality. He has an [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xunxPS6oZ1zzKufgREFuA official Youtube channel]], a [[https://www.dailymotion.com/yuantengfeipindao Dailymotion channel]] and a [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM33VtveeEmfA6LC7tH30Xw personal Youtube channel]]

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Eventually, Yuan quit teaching, and became a full-time social media personality. He has an [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5xunxPS6oZ1zzKufgREFuA official Youtube channel]], a [[https://www.dailymotion.com/yuantengfeipindao Dailymotion channel]] and a [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM33VtveeEmfA6LC7tH30Xw personal Youtube channel]]
channel.]] At the height of his troubles, he also used the pseudonym "Fang Sheng" (方生, "Mr Fang"); the name still pops up from time to time in his recent works.
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*''The Unkillable Ottomans'' (打不死的奥斯曼): Yuan narrates the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, starting from its founder Osman Ghazi.
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** In some of his videos on his personal channel, the shirt he wore bears the characters "Mo Tan Guo Shi" (莫谈国事; "Don't talk about national affairs").

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* ''Chatting while Following (the) Track'' (循迹漫聊): a series of short videos whereby he responds to queries posed by online users; like ''Hi History!'', the series also features bite-size videos on various historical topics. The series does not come with Chinese subtitles, and his videos are actually a subsection of the series. [[note]]So, don't be surprised when you search the series on Youtube and find videos featuring other personalities.[[/note]] In 2020, his subsection was given a new name: "Yuan-sir flips the tablet(s)" (袁色翻牌, "Yuan se fan pai") [[note]]"fan pai" refers to the practice of Qing emperors to choose which concubine they would spend the night with by flipping over the tablet with the favored concubine's name written on it. [[/note]]

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* ''Chatting while Following (the) Track'' (循迹漫聊): a series of short videos whereby he responds to queries posed by online users; like ''Hi History!'', the series also features bite-size videos on various historical topics.topics (although clips on certain topics may be more than 10 minutes long). The series does not come with Chinese subtitles, and his videos are actually a subsection of the series. [[note]]So, don't be surprised when you search the series on Youtube and find videos featuring other personalities.[[/note]] In 2020, his the subsection where he responds to queries was given a new name: "Yuan-sir flips the tablet(s)" (袁色翻牌, "Yuan se fan pai") [[note]]"fan pai" refers to the practice of Qing emperors to choose which concubine they would spend the night with by flipping over the tablet with the favored concubine's name written on it. [[/note]]

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