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September 13, 2009

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Sam -

Just a quick note on your opening question. Alright, granted, I was only in China for half a year, but I can't tell you how many times I had people (students, faculty, non-academic people) stress to me that contemporary Chinese are not Confucian in any way. Mostly this was not said with lament or glee - it was simply put forth as a neutral description of their culture. They seemed to honestly believe that, for one reason or another (Cultural Revolution, cessation of the civil examinations, or what-have-you) modern Chinese were separated from the influence of ancient culture.

In my everyday dealings with Chinese, this seemed far from the truth. Yet, I was told this so often that I almost came to expect to hear it in certain situations.

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