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guocheng2015cd Post time: 2015-11-27 10:13
Japan was the 1st East Asian country to have responded positively towards the changes brought over b ...

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guocheng2015cd Post time: 2015-11-27 10:16
China being a longtime dominant giant in the Far East was much slower to respond to changes.  China  ...

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guocheng2015cd Post time: 2015-11-27 10:20
We had a much later start with both the industrialization and urbanization and are trying hard to co ...

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Post time 2015-12-1 10:27:36 |Display all floors
As said before, behavior is shaped by social exposure.  Social exposure is culturally conditioned and reflects ones upbringing. for us chinese it's far more humiliating to say the more traditional and reserved 没教养 than the more modern and straightforward 没礼貌 due to the different levels of  德 involved.

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Post time 2015-12-1 10:29:25 |Display all floors
Chinese has a time-enduring saying dated back 2500 yrs:  “仓廪实而知礼节,衣食足而知荣辱” . One sense of 礼节荣辱 actually reflects more of ones ancestors 积德 than ones own 教养.  Such 积德 can be apparent on physical appearance.  Chinese believe in 相由心生 despite 内秀藏锋 is highly valued in our culture.  As implied in the saying, 礼节荣辱 demands consumption of resources. The pursuit of ultimate sensitivity in  礼节荣辱 could be costly, hence taxing on sustainability. That's why confucius preaches 中庸. Till the day that japanese can come up with another philosophical teaching more influential than Confucius and can completely abandon the use of the chinese written characters for their names and important documentations,  chinese remains the leader of the east.  

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The west makes up 1/10 of the world's population and is consuming >1/2 of the world's annual natural resources.  Very telling of the west's  德行  if the ultimate goal of civilization is 大同.  However, despite of such extraordinary share of resources by the west,  it's actually the more affluent East Asian areas (eg singapore, Hong Kong, macau and Japan) top on life span, IQ and low crime rate.  America being the most powerful western country actually has the highest crime rate (imprisonment rate of 1/100 in America  vs 1/2000 in Japan).  Given the dense population,  the resources consumption per capita in these longtime Confucian influenced areas should be much lower than the west, suggesting that the Confucian system is far more cost effective in shaping a better human being,  ie becoming more civilized, more humane and less animal like.

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Post time 2015-12-1 10:31:32 |Display all floors
Our more streamlined less prudent facial features, more placid and compliant personality and milder body scent are all supportive of a more civilized society which can accommodate more ppl to live at ease with each other.

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