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Asian Studies 312-002 (Pollard) Contemporary Asian Civilization Fall 2008 “Confucianism in East Asia: The relational self and the social as sacred: Five question sets for understanding, appreciation, discussion and critique * Group Questions 1: Matt, David, Eric, Mariam & Antony. How does Confucius link correct relations in one’s family with good relations in society ? Also, reflect on what you have learned in psychology and sociology classes (or your own experience): Is there anything behavioral about this linkage? 2: Robert, Veena, Jesse, Steve & Stephanie. Why does education matter so much for Confucius? How does his emphasis on the value of education differ from reasons sometimes given today for going to school? * These questions are taken from your ASAN 312 reader. They were assigned to you and to other members of your group during the previous class meeting. And Question 5 is for everyone! (Questions for Groups 3 and 4—plus Question 5—are on the other side of this handout.)
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Unformatted text preview: Contemporary Asian Civilization Fall 2008 Group Questions 3: Ty, Kendall, Jordie, Renee & Chris. What circumstances of Confucius’ personal life may have made his life appealing to Chinese born in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s (or who grew up then) or, later, during the Cultural Revolution? 4: Maria, Will, Bobby, Jeff & Kris. After you reflect on excerpts from Confucius’s Analects (below), what general lessons can you infer about how should political leaders should behave? In other words, what guidance could politicians in China, in other parts of Asia or anywhere else in the world take from these selections from the Analects ? 5: For everyone! Recently, the People’s Republic of China began funding “Confucius Institutes” to propagate Confucianism in countries around the world. What are the likely obstacles to the widespread acceptance of Confucianism in contemporary Asia? In answering this question, clarify what you mean by “Asia.” 2...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course ASAN 312 taught by Professor Pollard during the Spring '09 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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