Three Questions on East Asian Studies


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Essay #: 052662
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Three Questions on East Asian Studies
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Ian Johnson believes that we must take the concept of civil society seriously if we want to understand the processes of social and political change in China; certainly, there is growing unrest because Chinese government is not keeping up with the growing demands of its public. For his part, Tony Saich is of the view that there is something simplistic about the notion that the Chinese state simply controls, diffuses and mitigates organized organizational opposition to its presence – as so many scholars believe to be the case. Rather, Saich appears to see close negotiating and interactions between civil or social organizations and the Chinese state – negotiations which actually minimize the...
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.....nforming citizens that they have the right to oppose religion – or not believe in it – just as they have a right to believe in a faith. What the Chinese government has done, quite cleverly, is to link religious expression with obligations tied to maintaining the social order, tied to respecting the proper execution of the state education system, and tied to ensuring that the health or well-being of citizens is upheld. A better way of putting all of this is that the state is basically suggesting that religions should be bastions of stability that do not bring the harm or well-being of the public into peril by precipitating uprisings against unpopular policies; it is a class case of telling religions that they should be stewards of the state.