Fang Zhouzi Plagiarized CASS Academician Zhang Xianqing in 1997
Before becoming the notorious “fraud fighter,” Fang Zhouzi was actually a reckless and ruthless fraudster, pretending to be a poet at first and then, after the collapse of the market value of poets, a historian of the Ming Dynasty, mainly by stealing other people’s work. The fact is, in 1997 alone, Fang plagiarized at least 3 times: The Stories about Zhang Juzheng was based on The Biography of the Wanli Emperor by Fan Shuzhi, a history professor at Fudan University; The Stories about Hai Rui was based on The Biography of Hai Rui by Jiang Xingyu, a well-known historian based in Shanghai. This paper demonstrates that Fang’s The Final Days of Yan Song, published in two instalments by Fang in his electronic magazine, the New Threads Monthly, in 1997 and 1998, was based almost entirely on The Biography of Yan Song, a book published in 1992 and written by Mr. Zhang Xianqing, a prominent scholar affiliated with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The core of the evidence for Fang’s plagiarism is that the 40+ quotations in his article are essentially identical to what appeared in Zhang’s book, and many of them contain technical errors and factual mistakes, which constitutes the iron-clad evidence for plagiarism in an American court, according to “fraud fighter” Fang when he fights against other people. Ironically, in 1993 and 1994, Fang had repeatedly plagiarized The Biography of Zhu Yuanzhang, a book by Mr. Wu Han, an authority in the history of Ming Dynasty and Zhang Xianqing’s graduate adviser back in the 1960s. This is the 123rd identified case of plagiarism committed by Fang Zhouzi, who is also arguably the only plagiarist in the world who has stolen from a pair of professor and his student. This paper also shows that in The Final Days of Yan Song, Fang employed several of the fraudulent tactics which would be used later by him in his so called “fraud busting” practice.