However, this book is very much geared towards a white, western reader. But it does generate, relatively speaking, greater social harmony. You can tell he thinks so. In the terminal, there were crowds of travelers and lots of signs, primarily in English, leading us to Customs, Baggage Claim, and the like. These scholars with their intellectual writings changed the views of the Chinese people.
To keep things clean for others using the park, let? They celebrate this day by selling packages of clothing to new comers of society. Reid's stories of working to explore and integrate himself into the Tokyo he sees give the impression of someone genuinely curious and respectful of the Japanese social order. This is evidently an appealing notion to some people in the West—but it is wrong. The parts where he made it personal--supreme. The main difference, for Reid, lies in the fact that east Asian societies will go to extraordinary lengths to instill moral values in every member and this, he claims, Americans don—t do, although they should.
My only critism of his book is his endorcement of Asian Japanese in particular emphasis on ceremony. Honorable Writer Reid seems to get much pleasure from these incongruous moments; contorted English and abundant respectful speech. I liked Reid's willingness to argue against his own arguments. Confucius Lives Next Door is a memoir, and as a memoir, it carries bias; Mr. However, it seems I didn't read the title haha as the book ended up being much more about Confucius' teachings and the resulting Asian social miracle of Japan and other East Asian countries. Reid then fails to mention the downside to such obedience, and why it can be dangerous. This would serve as a very good book for business students to read.
I think that the United States is a great place to live but I wouldn't want every country to be just the same. Tamaru-san had been invited on the show to discuss recent developments in Japanese politics. The countryside really was marked by patch after square patch of pale green rice shoots rising from the paddy fields beside bamboo groves swaying gracefully in the breeze. I would recommend this book along with Learning to Bow also a little out of date, but overall a great introduction into teaching and living in a Confucian culture for anyone seeking to understand East Asian culture better and anyone about to travel or relocate there. Was my favorite book until I read John Adams. I'm not generally much interested in economics or politics, but Reid made them pretty interesting. There are, however, two flaws in this book that are hard to ignore.
Still, there are undoubtedly cultural differences between the West and Japan and other countries in Asia he discusses at times , and Reid does a good job describing some of them including the educational system, which is certainly a major difference. This showed how being part of a group is really important to Japan. He is well aware that his defense of Japan's tight society is subject to criticism, and at the end of his book he concedes the widespread corruption underlying so many Confucian societies, the diversity that makes overall judgments tricky and the racial homogeneity that may play a great part in enforcing Confucian harmony. Why can't every writer do that? They are demanding respect and a place at the table. He asked the right questions.
He focuses mostly on Japan because of his experience there, but I found a lot of cross-over with my experience in South Korea. Reid's observations are his own, and they are slanted indeed. Yet he doesn—t find Confucian moral values to differ all that much from those of the West and its Judeo-Christian tradition. Many students find him funny enough and interesting enough that they have asked to borrow the book and read the rest of it on their own. It was very unfortunate, because while this wasn't a thrilling novel by any measure.
By many of the standard measures of successful societies, the nations of East Asia have been extraordinarily successful: They have the safest streets, the strongest families, and the best schools in the world. If you are genuinely interested in learning more about the culture, try finding a different book. I have lived in China and Korea for almost a decade and traveled extensively in Asia. Education It's not easy to say whether one school or one education system is better than another in every academic area. Although The Analects have long been held closely to many, particularly to those of Chinese culture, it does by no means take religious form on behalf of its lack of commitment to any specific belief or dogma. In 1977, he joined The Washington Post, where he has worked as a political reporter and foreign correspondent.
Anyone who has lived in East Asia will recognize what he is talking about and the sweeping generalizations he makes, so not everything he mentions should be treated as gospel. The financial and political aspects of the Asian century—the story of the East Asian financial miracle and the ups and downs of Asian economies—have been the topics of many reports, studies, and books. If only one word could be used to summarize the Chinese way of life for the last two thousand years, that word would be Confucian. Essentially it paints somewhat of a mythic other quality to Confucianism, and it all just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. For this we packed up all our belongings and traveled halfway around the planet? The place looked depressingly ordinary. Still it's hard to take up his quick suggestions when many other questions remain unanswered. Reid is suggesting in his book is because there is a crisis in American culture ie, high crime perhaps we should take drastic measures to correct the problem by adopting Asian values and completly change our culture by doing so? I have read it over and over again, which I almost never do.
It gets the students attention long enough to consider the positive things Asia has to offer. Reid holds east Asian values responsible. Is this century to be the Asian century? I do feel the author has a tendency to accentuate the positive aspects of Asian culture while downplaying the negative, spending very litte time discussing such facets of the culture as organized crime, increased pressure on adolescence, suicide, and government corruption. They look like black grasshoppers. There's no perfect society, but it helps to look to other society to see what works and what doesn't in your own. After gently berating Westerners for more than 200 pages, he gets to eat his rice cake and have it, too: Confucian values and our own Judeo-Christian morality, he concludes, are basically the same, differing mainly in nuance.