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Confucianism

Where, How, and What is Ru Metaphysics? - Ruism (Confucianism) is a Mono-pan-en-non-theism

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 12.15.2016 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

Metaphysics, as a discipline beyond physics, concerns itself with something more abstract than the concrete stuff of the world. It includes two major ...

Voting with Their Feet: How Early Ruism (Confucianism) Conceived of the Relationship Between the State and its Citizens

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 10.24.2016 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

Among the five cardinal human relationships taught by Mencius (372-289 BCE), that of friendship is very special. Unlike the other human relationships,...

Who Chinese Want: Clinton, Trump & Cognitive Dissonance

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.01.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

There are no reliable polls in China to assess the preference for the outcome of U.S. presidential election. The Chinese are conflicted but, in the end, probably prefer a Hillary Clinton victory.

Icons And Identity: An Introduction To China's Engagement With The World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Xi Jinping's foreign policy hinges on realizing "the China dream." But, beyond a nationalistic desire to "stand tall" on the global stage, few Westerners can articulate the underlying dynamics and motivations of Beijing's increasingly assertive behavior.

Dangerous Love: How China Sees America

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Most Americans, only marginally less ethnocentric today than twenty years ago, have a simplistic, nuance-free view of China and the Chinese people. Although apprehensive about the rise of an economic juggernaut and its impact on the American way of life, the images China casts up are rooted in the past.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water: Filial Piety in Chinese Culture

KidSpirit | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
KidSpirit

By contributing writer Nathan Zhang for KidSpirit's Heritage issue. I still remember walking down a dusty country road in the Chinese city of Chongqi...

The First 'Ruist (Confucian) Friends from Afar' Retreat in North America

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 04.21.2017 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

The First "Ruist (Confucian) Friends From Afar" Retreat in North America 1-3rd July, 2016. Marsh Chapel, Boston University.  Topic: "The Past,...

Why the World Is Falling Apart

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.29.2017 | World
Nathan Gardels

In this one world, it sometimes seems a race is on between the newly empowered and the recently dispossessed. The truth is not only that both realities exist simultaneously, but that one is a condition of the other.

A Catechism of Confucianism: Is Confucius a Confucian?

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 02.06.2017 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

(Image Courtesy from http://rackjite.com/selfie-great-religions-world/) In the early 15th century, several Confucian missionaries embarked with Zheng...

Chinese Service Sector Eunuchs: Bigger but Impotent

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.19.2017 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The government's refusal to loosen the reins of control and welcome both bottom-up entrepreneurialism and foreign investment in "sensitive" areas prevents service industries from flourishing.

We Shouldn't Confuse Confucianism With Atheism

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

It is wrong to characterize Confucianism as an "atheism," since "Heaven" is indeed the divine reality which provides the ultimate axiological and aesthetic values to human deeds.

Innovation in China: Promise or Pipedream?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

If China fails to turbocharge its capacity to innovate, the country will experience a hard economic landing and social stability will be threatened. But can China evolve into an innovation powerhouse? The jury is out.

China and the Philippines: Asia's Most Toxic Relationship

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Unless China dramatically scales back its para-military patrols, military exercises, and construction activities across disputed waters, any Filipino leader will undoubtedly face an uphill battle, if not domestic backlash, in exploring a more pragmatic relationship with Beijing.

China's Post '90s Generation: New Minds, Old World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 08.11.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Twenty years ago, China's engagement with the world had barely begun. The Internet was accessible to only the privileged few. Parents still espoused "protective" values reinforced by their experiences during the instability of two man-made disasters.

Justice Kennedy and Confucianism

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Akshan deAlwis

The United States Supreme Court has traditionally been a staunch opponent of international theory. It doesn't help that there's also a strident political opposition to using foreign norms in American law.

Women's Delegation to Cross the DMZ

John Feffer | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
John Feffer

We need symbolic acts that capture the world's attention and help shift all the major players in the direction of negotiations.

The Deeper Human Conflict Revealed by "Je Suis Charlie"

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

No matter how deeply Muslims and Catholics have been hurt, we should be reassured that most have the character to accept this as the cost of respecting individual rights.

The Chinese Dream: A New Interpretation

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

Like most Chinese fathers, Y.P. Chan thought he had his children's education all figured out. After all, Chan was educated not only in traditional Chinese philosophy but had also excelled in the worlds of engineering, business and high-stakes finance.

Xi Launches Cultural Counter-Revolution To Restore Confucianism As China's Ideology

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Clearly, The Analects of Confucius is for Xi's Chinese renaissance what The Little Red Book was for Mao's Cultural Revolution.

In Celebration of the Karaoke, Vietnamese Style

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

Below is an excerpt from my book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, published in 2010. Sadness and joy and yearnings and stories of broken h...

Matt Sheehan

Why Christ, Mao And The Buddha Are Making A Comeback In China

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

BEIJING -- The dominant political narrative in China today is one of resounding triumph: targets for economic growth achieved, rival countries overtak...

Seeking a Spiritual Home

Katherine Towler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Katherine Towler

In our restless, striving American culture, in an age of radical change and redefinition, the very concept of home is under assault. In so many ways, we are spiritually homeless.

Beijing's Streets: Anything but Pedestrian

Ella Genasci Smith | Posted 09.14.2014 | College
Ella Genasci Smith

Like elsewhere in Chinese life, pedestrians have accepted their place on Beijing's streets. They've embraced patience. I, on the other hand, find myself regularly glaring at unsuspecting drivers, unaffected, as they wiz past me, tires barely missing my toes.

Book Review: Trying Not to Try

David Vognar | Posted 06.15.2014 | Home
David Vognar

In his new book Trying Not to Try, the University of British Columbia Asian Studies and Embodied Cognition professor Edward Slingerland treats us to a work of seminal importance.

True Lessons of East Asian Education

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Jung-kyu Kim

Having studied in both Korea and the U.S., we do not find much to admire about the Korean education system. For all its faults, the "liberal" American system cultivates initiative and ingenuity like no other, a fact which might explain why the U.S. still leads the world in technological and cultural innovation.