A Confucian Constitution

Is this op-ed a parody or what? Everyone here will find it worth reading, but may not know whether to laugh or cry. I’d like to know what you think.

If that column gives you a headache, you can also use this as an open thread.


Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 102 Comments

One more things: regarding foot bounding. The Confucians did not advocate this. It’s just one of these social mores that started around the Song and certainly became popular by the Ming.

Certianly if the Confucians came out to oppose it explicitly, it would have been great, but they didn’t. However, neither were they really responsible for this practice. I might note that Cheng Yi, a staunch and famous Confucian of the Song era, forbade his female family members and descendents to bind their feet. There were other Confucians who opposed foot bounding as well.

December 28, 2012 @ 8:44 pm | Comment

“Face” is a complicated issue. It means different things to different people in different times. I am not sure if Confucianism was the chief force behind it. Very hard to say. Also I Don’t think “face” was ever institutionalized, it’s just a part of the social mores.

December 28, 2012 @ 9:58 pm | Comment

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