Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ruth Chao & Kuang-ming Wu
Confucianism is an omnibus term for a set of thoughts that compose an ethos, a sentiment, that has been shaping China for many millennia. Confucianism is a group of proposals for proper socioethical ways of life, providing a foundation to the individual's commitment to sincerity, honesty, and interpersonal harmony. Its impacts are multidimensional in politics, family, interpersonal relations, and education, with deep moral and religious implications. It originated in the Analects , supposedly of Confucius, and its ancient commentaries began at Mencius. Elements of Confucianism are popular in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China and in the United States, where Confucianism is popular among Asian Americans and traditional Chinese. Asian parents emphasize education, a time-honored Confucian ideal. In ...