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    • December 28, 2011, 12:56:27 pm
    • Buyeo, south korea
Re: Confucianism in a nutshell
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2012, 11:48:07 am »

...except that Japan, China, and Taiwan are less strictly confucianist than Korea, not to mention Singapore or Hong Kong. Every country's situation is different and this is grossly oversimplifying things into some "Yay confucianism, yay Asia!" argument. It's much more complicated than that and there are many different ways to look at it.

China isn't any less Confucian than Korean is.   It just seems that way because Korean culture has gone pretty far astray from actual confucianism and we are looking at confucianism through a Korean lens.


Re: Confucianism in a nutshell
« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2012, 02:31:15 pm »

...except that Japan, China, and Taiwan are less strictly confucianist than Korea, not to mention Singapore or Hong Kong. Every country's situation is different and this is grossly oversimplifying things into some "Yay confucianism, yay Asia!" argument. It's much more complicated than that and there are many different ways to look at it.

China isn't any less Confucian than Korean is.   It just seems that way because Korean culture has gone pretty far astray from actual confucianism and we are looking at confucianism through a Korean lens.

China is a big and varied country and there are parts that are more traditionally Confucianist than others. Even so, some Chinese believe Koreans to be more Confucianist than themselves.

In any case, no country today is strictly and utterly a fully traditional Confucianist culture and that is my point. Every East Asian country has a different take on it and has had varying degrees of Western influence. It's an immensely complex subject to tackle in a forum like this.