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« The Secular as Sacred | Main | Rat Race Hong Kong »

July 17, 2005

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What then of Olen's purpose in publishing a piece in the NYT? What are her motivations? Seems like also something to not spread about publicly.

Yes, you're right to raise this question. I wrote this post before I saw the full range of criticism aimed against Olen. In a nutshell, I suspect that a Confucian would say to her: why are you and your husband relying on a nanny? Your relationship with your children is one of the closest, if not the closest that can be; so, why call upon someone else to do that caring work? (I can guess at the coutnerargument to this, but I think this would be a Confucian impulse). A Taoist would say to her: why are you worrying about your own social status and self-image? Regrets about past and present are irrelevant, just accept the situation for what it is.

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