Strengths And Weaknesses Of Liang Qichao

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Liang Qichao was born in 1873 and lived until 1929. During this time he was a young colleague and follower of Kang Youwei (1858-1927) during the failed “100 Days Reform” of 1898. During this time he visited America and wrote about his observations and experiences in a book titled Observation on a Trip to America. The majority of his experiences happened in New York City where he discussed the things he was amazed about and found admirable about America as well as the issues and experiences he found troubling. Furthermore he compared throughout much of his writing the lives of Americans to those of the Chinese, and he discussed his thoughts about the future of life in China. Throughout the writing Liang Qichao discussed many aspects of American life in which he admired. Although he admired many aspects of the area and environment we live in, continuously he talked about the amazing aspects of the daily lives of the American people. He enjoyed the fact that Westerners work only eight hours per day and usually rest on the weekends or if not both days primarily on Sundays. Where he …show more content…
Throughout the text he compared and contrasted the lives of Americans and Chinese, and consistently discovered the weaknesses of the Chinese people. One weakness he discussed of the Chinese is that he Chinese can be clansmen but cannot be citizens. In Chinese people the social order focuses on that of the family and the clan rather than the individual. He believes that the Chinese are not able to enjoy freedom and subsequently they accept only despotism. Furthermore, he believes that the chinses lack he ability to set lofty objectives. As he compared the lives of the Americans and the Chinese he set a diminished tone, and felt that life in the West was far superior to that of the lives of Chinese, and because of that he did not sound optimistic about the future of the Chinese people and China as a

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