7 September 2012
Fiction Foes and Woes
The Japanese people did not appreciate fiction. In fact, they were so very much against
made-up stories that they rejected and were very skeptical of anything that was not
seen as truth. This ideology of the
Teachings on human nature and government
1) Human Nature: not born as blank slate; innate
goodness. Ex. - child in the well. Evil arises from
2) Nature of government: because HN is good,
need a compassionate and hum
Founder was Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha the Enlightened One
Changes Buddhism Underwent
Began in India
o Retained idea of reincarnation
o Denied the integrity of the individual self or soul
On its way to China divides into two different branches
Earliest written records of rule are found in Chinese sources
o 297 A.D. Chinas description of Japanese culture: the people of Wa; focused on things
very different from China
Live on raw vegetable, walk around barefoot, etc
Various tribal cultur
What it was
Nine Rank System was abolished and the Civil Service examination system replaced it.
o Men were nominated to office based on their character and talents; open to all men
o Highly competitive
o Written examinations were used to identify capable
Assignment 1 Confucius
The Master said, be unwavering of good faith, love learning, if attacked be ready to
die for the good Way. Do not enter a State that pursues dangerous courses nor stay
in one where the people
Takashi Miike: pioneer of modern Japanese cinema
Takashi Miike was born on 24 August 1960 into the family of a welder and a seamstress in the
small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. At the age
The Five Classics includes the Book of Songs, the Book of Changes, the Book of History, the Spring and Autumn Annals,
and Records of Rituals. These were the main basis of Confucius thought. Not only were they taught at the disciple
schools, they were also
Yellow riverit situated in china. It passed through Chinas plateau where it carries yellow sand that
gives it the yellow color. It is known as Chinas sorrow because of flooding.
Honshu is the most populous island of Japan today. It is in the middle of Hok
4 March 2014
1. List two religious or philosophical beliefs which Lin refers to.
One religious belief that Lin refers to is on the bottom of page 6. He argues that people who only
care about his own benefit and disre
28 January 2014
1. According to the author, how is Buddhism unique in its view of the self?
The author gave examples of how other religions regarded self, such as: Soul, or Atman. Other
religions believe that everyone ha
The five classic Who: Confucius What: The book of Changes, The book of history, The book of Song,
Spring and Autumn Annals, Records of Ritual. When: After Confucius death, after Zhou. Where: China
Sign. These were the basis of Confucianism. Not only were
April 11, 2014
There is still a long distance between China and the U.S.
The GREAT WALL and The EMPTY FORTRESS is a very good response to the fear surrounding the
West after the Cold War about Chinas real and futur
10 Feb 2014
Khubilai launched the first
attack on Japan with three
generals each from China
Korea, and Mongol.
Nasir al-Din first engaged
fought with a disadvantage,
but later on, victory
favored him. He conquer
21 March, 2014
In times of war, no one country should be condemned to be the worst of all. If a person tries to
fight the other, would a fight take place if the other person doesnt want to engage? No. The same goes
Aston Yuetian Chen
21 January 2014
1. Background of Chen She. Why did the selection emphasize his background?
Chen She grew up in a poor family. In the selection, it was stated that he was born in a hut with
tiny windows and a wa
18 February 2014
Part of the reason that these voyages begun was that Zhu Di wanted to open Chinas doors to
foreigners and foreign merchants. He believed that all within the four seas are as one family
4 February, 2014
The Paulownia Court
One of the traits that Prince Genji embodies the Japanese culture is that a noble must be
educated. It is very important for nobles to get a good education at that time because i
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