Zhu Yong was born in Wuwei, Anhui in 1955.The first Ph.D. in legal history in New China and the first Ph.D. in China University of Political Science and Law
From 1974 to 1978, after graduating from high school, he joined the team at Shushan Garden Farm in the suburbs of Hefei City, Anhui Province;
From 1978 to 1982, studied in the Philosophy Department of Anhui University;
From 1982 to 1985, he studied for a master’s degree in Chinese legal history at the Law Department of Anhui University;
From 1985 to 1987, he studied for a doctorate in Chinese legal history at the Graduate School of China University of Political Science and Law;
After graduating in 1987, he stayed at the school to teach;
Promoted to associate professor in 1990;
Promoted to professor in 1993;
In 1995, he served as director of the Institute of Chinese Legal History;
In 1996, he served as doctoral supervisor in legal history;
From September 2001 to May 2015, he served as Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School of China University of Political Science and Law.
He is currently the vice president of the Legal Culture Research Society of the China Law Society, the president of the Chinese Legal History Professional Research Association of the Chinese Legal History Society, and the chief scientist of the “Chinese Judicial Civilization Research Innovation Team” of the Judicial Civilization Collaborative Innovation Center of the Ministry of Education. He enjoys special government allowances from the State Council.
On October 12, 2023, Zhu Yong was in the office of China University of Political Science and Law. (Southern Weekend reporter Du Hansan/photo)
Among the first batch of independently trained PhDs in New China, 68-year-old Zhu Yong is considered young.
After graduating from high school in 1974, Zhu Yong worked in a garden farm for four years. He originally thought he would deal with fruit trees for the rest of his life.
Three years later, the college entrance examination resumed, and 23-year-old Zhu Yong entered the Department of Political Education of Anhui University to study. Nowadays, this age may have graduated with a bachelor’s degree, but at that time, the eldest classmate in Zhu Yong’s class was already 31 years old, and there were fathers and sons enrolled in other departments at the same time. In his own words, “it was delayed for four years, but not too long.”
The prelude to reform and opening up has been played, and the economic field is booming. At the end of 1978, Anhui University changed the 1977 Department of Political Education into the Department of Philosophy and Economics. Zhu Yong wanted to be transferred to the Department of Economics, but failed.
Later, he continued to study for a master’s degree in Chinese legal history at Anhui University, and entered China University of Political Science and Law to study for a doctoral degree in Chinese legal history.
In June 1987, the Degree Evaluation Committee of China University of Political Science and Law officially decided to award Zhu Yong a doctorate in law – the degree certificate number is “Bo 87001”. He is the first doctor of legal history in New China and the first person trained by China University of Political Science and Law. A Doctor of Laws.
October 12, 2023. On the campus of China University of Political Science and Law, pedestrians walk in a hurry.Walking into Zhu Yong’s office, I saw a whole wall of books, timeimitationBuddha slowed down again.
In the interview, he mentioned twice that his experience was relatively dull and he hoped to write in a “low-key” and “plain” way.
Zhu Yong said that a few years ago, he accepted the task of compiling and organizing the “(New) General History of China” and the “History of Chinese Legal System”. His current wish is to compile a special history that truly represents the evolution of Chinese law and to be recognized by both the legal and historical circles.
“I have a vague feeling that the direction of society is changing.”
Southern Weekend:In 1974, when you were 18 and had just graduated from high school, you joined the queue at the Shushan Garden Farm in the suburbs of Hefei. What kind of work did you do at that time?
Zhu Yong:Mainly working around fruit trees. This includes loosening soil and fertilizing fruit trees, weeding and pruning, spraying pesticides and drainage, picking and caring for fruit trees, etc. Fruit trees are highly seasonal and more tiring than farm work.
Eating peaches feels great, but picking them in the summer is especially uncomfortable. If you wear too much clothes, you will feel hot; if you wear too little, the peach hairs will feel itchy if they stick to your body. In the peach orchard, the branches are low and the ground is full of ditches and bumps. I can only bend down and carry the baskets of peaches out.
However, there are always hundreds of young people gathering in the garden park, and they can always find fun. When the fruit is ripe, it needs 24 hours of supervision. If you work the night shift, you won’t be able to sleep for 8 hours at night. Someone came to steal the fruit, and everyone was very excited. They divided their troops to guard and try to catch the person. No one came to steal, but the night felt boring.
Southern Weekend:After staying in the garden farm for 4 years, do you have a chance to read a book?
Zhu Yong:Basically there are no books that we like to read. There are some learning materials that I generally don’t like to read. At that time, those who “criticized Lin Biao and Confucius” called Confucius “the second son of Confucius” and extracted his remarks for criticism. Everyone thinks what Confucius said is quite reasonable, but after listening to expert analysis, they feel that what the experts said is also reasonable. Only then will I be interested in reading it. After reading it, I can show it off by chatting with others.
There are also a few readings that are circulated privately, and people are eager to read them after getting them.for example