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.
A great book enjoyed by all the book club members. It has history and humor and beautifully written by a favorite author. Read morePublished 3 months ago by N.B.V.
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 months 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 19 months ago by Amazon Customer