Confucius Lives Next Door Analysis

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The book, Confucius Lives Next Door, follows the author’s, T.R. Reid’s experiences and supports his thesis that Eastern Asian countries have gained success due to their Confucian methods and values. Reid focuses on the social aspect rather than the economic aspect of countries such as Japan, China, Singapore, and many others. He states that Confucianism, the philosophy of producing an effective society, is what differentiates Western social values from Eastern Asian values. He, also, states the variation between Western and Eastern countries due to these values. Eastern Asian countries tend to have less crime rates, higher education rates, and lower divorce rates compared to those from Europe or the US. However, similar to Japanese writings, Reid does explain flaws in his thesis such as political corruption in Eastern Asia. Even through the corruption, Confucius still plays an influential role in making Eastern Asian countries triumphant today.

Analysis The main point or thesis T.R. Reid was trying to insinuate is that East Asia’s social miracle characterized by the safest streets, the best schools, and the most stable families was achieved by ethical values called Confucian values. The author used evidence such as his family experiences, qualitative data from other people, and
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An example of location in the text would be when the author described the relative location of a country or a store. Place is also located in the book when Reid stated the similarities and differences of fast food restaurants between Japan and the US. The unique signs would also be an example of a feature of a place. A great example of human-environment interaction would be the man-made beach and ski resort, because people modified the environment to suit their own needs. People also adapted to the environment in Japan such as its hurricanes and storms. Movement was present in the book in multiple

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