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Chinese Values: Traditional Culture and Contemporary Values

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Author: Cao Yaxin;
Language: English
Format: 22.6 x 15.4 x 1.4 cm
Publication Date: 01/2018
ISBN: 9787119100654
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The Study of Chinese Culture Guoxue, national learning or the study of Chinese culture, focuses on the native culture of China, as opposed to xzxue, or Western learning. It is a systematic study using two coordinates -a horizontal one that involves inter-cultural analysis and a vertical one that goes back in history, comparing the ancient with the contemporary and the classical with the popular. The culture referred to as traditional here is that prior to the New Culture Movement(1910s-1920s), which heralded the modern era in China. In this sense guoxue is both a concept of differentiation and a concept of time.

Its content is however limited to the best of traditional Chinese culture, which is congruent with universal values and still has relevance in today's world.

Recent years have seen a guoxue craze, sparking a debate over whether it is ephemeral or permanent and even gain more momentum. A historical anecdote may offer a clue to the answer: Ran You was driving the Master, Confucius (551-479BC), on a trip to the State of We. Confucius said, "How populous it is here."Ran You asked, "Once there are many people, what should be done?" "Enrich them", said the Master. "Once they are enriched, what next?" "Educate them."

This conversation reveals a rule of social development that is self-evident in the course of Chinese history: In fact, , the rise of any nation follows the order of strengthening, becoming wealthier and making culture and education thrive. National strength is a necessary condition for stability in domestic politics and peace among the people. Improved livelihood can further stimulate economic development. And thriving culture and education can create more knowledgeable and responsible citizens, and boost social morality. In Chinese history all dynasties that rerouted the nation after long wars set restoring peace as their priority in their early years. Then they shifted their focus to rehabilitating and rebuilding the nation before developing its culture and education.
 
Table of Contents
PROSPERITY
Prospefity of the People—Sufficient Food and Clothes
Pfosperity for the People—Thriving Culture
National Strength—Political Strength
National Strength—Military Strength
DEMOCRACY
People First
Rule for the People
Rule by the People
CIVILITY
Civilization and Civility
Chinese Civilization
Modern Civilization
HARMONY
The Culture of Harmony
Physical and Mental Harmony
Social Harmony
Harmony between Man and Heaven
Universal Harmony
FREEDOM
Free Heart
Free Life
EQUALIJY
Social Equality
Equal Dignity
Equality for All Beings
JUSTICE
Social Justice
Justice in the Human Heart
History Is Fair
RULE OF LAW
Rule by Law and Rule of Law
Innately Good or Bad
PATRIOTISM
Love for National Territory
Love for the People
Love for Native Culture
DEDICATION
Attitude
Manners
Benefits
INTEGRITY
Credibility Makes Powefful Nations
Credibility Makes Noble People
Honesty Decides How Far One Can Go
FRIENDSHIP
Being Sincere and Warm—hearted
Being Fair and Lenient
Being Benevolent
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A civilized country convinces the world with its words and deeds that modern civilization does not play by the law of the jungle, and that human society is qualitatively different from the animal world.
For a country, civility means commitment to justice and harmony, a refusal to bully the weak or fear the strong, and being honest about its errors and mistakes.
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