Reid credits Asia's success to the ethical values of Chinese philosopher Confucius, born in 551 B.C., who taught the value of harmony and the importance of treating others decently. This is not a new perception--Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore and others have rather heavy-handedly invoked it to claim moral superiority over the West--but the author's vivid anecdotes strengthen its relevance. Public messages constantly remind Asian citizens of their responsibilities to society. To enhance a sense of belonging, civic ceremonies encourage individuals' allegiance to a greater good; across Japan, for example, April 1 is Nyu-Sha-Shiki day, when corporations officially welcome new employees, most of whom remain loyal to their company for life. Citing Malaysia's ideas of a "reverse Peace Corps," Reid sees a case for Asians coming to teach the West in the same way that Westerners have evangelized in Asia for over four centuries. --John Stevenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
And that is a good enough reason to read and enjoy this book.
So though Reid says that Asia is unified in Confucian thought, most Asian nations in general have no real interest in one another in unity or in thought.
If that sounds overly simplistic, it is because it is; and inherently that is the problem with the book.
Reid writes from an obviously conservative perspective. His love for the traditional view of family values with no concept of the potential cost (for example, shaming divorce might... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Meleah Bowles
Great Read. Needed this book for a class I was taking. It allowed me to read this on the go. ThanksPublished 6 months ago by kelly
A great read if you're getting ready to live in Japan or have lived in Japan. The only issue I had was the spelling errors.Published 7 months ago by Samantha Alba
This book is so boring. Please don't waste your time. You will regret it, trust me. Ugh I cant believe I wasted my life on this book.Published 8 months ago by Cheryl Franklin
A very interesting rumination in what the West can learn from the East. We have many more women in top jobs but rely on low paid immigrant women for child rearing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Dean
At first glance, this book may appear to be another boring textbook about Eastern society, a droll analysis masquerading as a novel. Don't let that mislead you. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read. Opened my eyes and my heart. I have been recommending it to my friends, A must read for any thoughtful American.Published 16 months ago by neuhart