This class is about East Asian Thought in Comparative Perspective)
The goal of this course is to provide an analytic introduction to the East Asian political tradition and its lasting legacies for the contemporary world. The rapid economic development of East Asia since 1950 has generated an enormous and often polemical debate concerning East Asia’s future global role. Much of this hinges on the question of globalization, and the extent to which East Asia will or will not become part of a “global culture.” Unfortunately, a good deal of this discussion is logically and empirically flawed, as it assumes East Asia will become more like the West rather than becoming, in a sense, more intensively “East Asia.” Moreover, the globalization argument assumes that all cultures and institutions must conform to a common model, something completely unsupported by any real evidence. Given the decisive and problematic status of the one-world hypothesis, it is necessary to reconsider this whole debate by focusing on those cultural and behavioral similarities and differences that have historically characterized the East Asian and Western traditions. That is the purpose of this course, and the lectures will accordingly focus on the core values and traditions of East Asia’s thought in the comparative perspective.
– This paper should be structured as an essay contains an introduction with a clearly stated thesis, body paragraphs with arguments that clearly address the question asked in the memo topic (assignment questions) and evidence/sources support the arguments and a conclusion that restates the main argument.
-This essay should be NO longer than 7 analytical pages.
– Do Not describe what happened, you should write your analysis.
– Quotes and paraphrasing must be explicitly cited and not long. Consider using as few as 3 to 4 quotes and paraphrases for the entire paper, no more.
– This paper should be analytical not summarizing what the writer already said.
FORMAT: — The paper must have a clearly stated thesis, and the flow of ideas/ arguments must be connected to each other and to the main question of the assignment.
— This paper should be structured as an essay contains an introduction with a clearly stated thesis, body paragraphs with arguments that clearly address the question asked in the memo topic (assignment question) and evidence/sources support the arguments and a conclusion that restates the main argument.
PLEASE, stick to the structure mentioned above, and make an obvious argument answering the assignment question with supporting evidence.
Citations and Works Cited: Use parenthetical citations including lecture date or page number as is appropriate (Professor Lecture DATE; de Bary 1999 at 14). Works cited pages are not necessary.
SOURCES: (ONLY the course reading and class notes) – PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY OUTSIDE SOURCES for this paper (Mandatory)
The course reading:
• de Bary, W.T. et al. 1999. Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1: From Earliest Times to 1600. Columbia University Press. (See the link below)
– You have to clearly state the argument or arguments.
– You have to support the argument(s) with evidence/sources.
– Address the question asked in the topic (assignment question below).
– The paper should be free of grammatical errors, properly formatted, and well-structured/organized.
– 12 pt type, with one-inch margins, MLA format.
PLEASE, underline (draw a line under) the following on the paper:
1- the thesis(the main argument).
2- the topic sentences in the body paragraphs that are related directly to answering the question.
3- the restatement of the main argument on the conclusion.
Please choose ONE of the following topics.
1. Compare and contrast western and East Asian systems of law and justice
2. explain Confucian moral theory a practice explain the five constant virtues and the concept of ren
3. explain Confucian political economy and its lasting legacies
Again, DO NOT use outside sources.
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