Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In Confucius Lives Next Door, T. R. Reid eloquently makes clear the essential home truths about Asia that are crucial to comprehending the political and economic role the East will play in the coming century. After moving from America to Japan, Reid and his family quickly became accustomed to the surface differences between the two countries, such as streets with no names and pizza with corn sprinkled on top. But over time Reid came to understand the roots -- deep cultural differences, helped largely by his courtly, white-haired neighbor Mr. Matsuda, who personified the ancient Confucian values that are still dominant in Japan. Whether describing his daughters' adventures in school, attending a company's welcome ceremony for new employees, or explaining the principles of group unity and social harmony, Reid is always insightful and entertaining. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: Those who've heard T. R. Reid's weekly commentary on National Public Radio or read his far-flung reporting in National Geographic or The Washington Post know him to be trenchant, funny, and cutting-edge, but also erudite and deeply grounded in whatever subject he's discussing. In Confucius Lives Next Door he brings all these attributes to the fore as he examines why Japan, China, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries enjoy the low crime rates, stable families, excellent education, and civil harmony that remain so elusive in the West. Reid, who has spent twenty-five years studying Asia and was for five years The Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief, uses his family's experience overseas--including mishaps and misapprehensions--to look at Asia's "social miracle" and its origin in the ethical values outlined by the Chinese sage Confucius 2,500 years ago.
When Reid, his wife, and their three children moved from America to Japan, the family quickly became accustomed to the surface differences between the two countries. In Japan, streets don't have names, pizza comes with seaweed sprinkled on top, and businesswomen in designer suits and Ferragamo shoes go home to small concrete houses whose washing machines are outdoors because there's no room inside. But over time Reid came to appreciate the deep cultural differences, helped largely by his courtly white-haired neighbor Mr. Matsuda, who personified ancient Confucian values that are still dominant in Japan. Respect, responsibility, hard work--these and other principles are evident in Reid's witty, perfectly captured portraits, from that of the school his young daughters attend, in which the students maintain order and scrub the floors, to his depiction of the corporate ceremony that welcomes new employees and reinforces group unity. And Reid also examines the drawbacks of living in such a society, such as the ostracism of those who don't fit in and the acceptance of routine political bribery.
Much Western ink has been spilled trying to figure out the East, but few journalists approach the subject with T. R. Reid's familiarity and insight. Not until we understand the differences between Eastern and Western perceptions of what constitutes success and personal happiness will we be able to engage successfully, politically and economically, with those whose moral center is governed by Confucian doctrine. Fascinating and immensely readable, Confucius Lives Next Door prods us to think about what lessons we might profitably take from the "Asian Way"--and what parts of it we want to avoid.
Review: Despite setbacks, the economic "miracles" achieved by many Asian countries in the latter 20th century have been impressive. This entertaining and thoughtful book invites the reader to consider East Asia's other miracle: its dramatically low rates of crime, divorce, drug abuse, and other social ills. T.R. Reid, an NPR commentator and former Tokyo bureau chief for the Washington Post, lived in Japan for five years, and he draws on this experience to show how the countries of East Asia have built modern industrial societies characterized by the safest streets, the best schools, and the most stable families in the world.
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
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Descripción Random House, 1999. Estado de conservación: Fair. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP95481496
Descripción Random House, 1999. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 1st. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP10134519
Descripción Random House, 1999. Estado de conservación: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP4004677
Descripción Random House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Nº de ref. de la librería 2755409942
Descripción Random House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Nº de ref. de la librería 2763008525
Descripción Random House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some light highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Nº de ref. de la librería 2792466809
Descripción Random House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Nº de ref. de la librería 2793948599
Descripción Random House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Nº de ref. de la librería G0679456244I5N10
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Descripción Random House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Nº de ref. de la librería G0679456244I3N10