Local_Adminstration - Judge Dee was a Chinese official...

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Judge Dee was a Chinese official famous for opposing corruption who twice served as the Chancellor during Tang Dynasty. As the novel described, being a government functionaries need to collect local taxes, inspect and solving crime scene, and execute the demand from central government. As the parent of the people in Chang-ping, people look for him whenever there were cases; awaiting Judge Dee to handle and solve. Though being famous among the locals, there were still problems that he could not totally eliminate and improve on. Some of these problems include the corruption among the government functionaries, the extent of the use of torture, and the distant relation between the government and the people. When it comes to the corruption, not many government officials were able to resist. If these officials were being paid less than expected, then corruption and embezzling of funds would be very difficult to prevent. Furthermore, there are certain thinking that is different between the past and the present. Certain acts in the past might be seemed as normal day-to-day issue; however, they may have already violated some of the laws of present. In the book (Judge Dee p.19) Warden Pang, upon knowing the murder case in the Six Mile Village, carried the two bodies to Koong Wan-deh’s hostel and accused Mr. Koong for murder. Warden Pang hoped that he would be able to squeeze some money out of Koong. Because Warden Pang, who had some grudge against Mr. 1
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Koong for only presenting just little money to him, wanted to teach Koong a lesson for his “ignorance” of not paying a satisfied amount of money. Many government functionaries were being selected through a series of examinations. Those with better performances during the examination were being considered into the government posts. However, performing well during the exams did not mean that these scholars were morally upright. Their goals in live might not be to serve the people, but, with their given authorities, to squeeze out whatever they could get and send it home for family spending. Furthermore, people of that time were
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This note was uploaded on 06/23/2008 for the course HIST 106g taught by Professor Goldstein during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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