Asia is often thought of being the most powerful country of the world. Hundreds of people have theories of Asia eventually becoming a powerhouse and dominating over the rest of the world. What has made Asia so powerful though? Stewart Gordon’s nonfiction book, When Asia Was the World, explores the time when Asia was truly the world and what made it that way through a series of stories. While Gordon’s book seems to be about travel shaping the Asian world, it is actually about the impact of religion on everyday life and culture in Asia. This book highlights that religion shapes people’s destiny.
Following the fall of the Han dynasty came the decline of practicers of the Confucian philosophy because of the downfall of the elite class and a centralized government. Buddhism, a religion with it’s roots from north India, has found its presence in China during the time when trade, along the silk roads, was crucial in all parts of Eurasia. Although the spread of Buddhism in China was greeted with devotion from new converts who supported the religion by spreading it and combining their cultures with the religion, it also was rejected by the ruling elite who opposed the spread of the religion that impacted China for the next following centuries.
“At home, after Sunday School, Kiam always demanded to know: ‘How can anyone walk on water? How can so few baskets of bread and fish feed hundreds?’ And Santa Claus never once visited our house” (Choy 23). Everyone is familiar with myths and legends. They are read to children by teachers. The stories of battles, immortal beings, ghouls and monsters that are out there to catch people and the ever-successful hero that always saves the day. These stories have been around for many centuries, told even before the first paintings were painted and first books were written. People’s beliefs have all derived from these old stories, as they bring hope to those in despair and inspiration to those lacking ideas. Myths and legends can be seen in all cultures
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Robert Sapolsky, the author of A Primate’s Memoir, witnessed Game Park Rangers in Kenya dispersing the meat of a zebra that they killed. The game wardens killed the vulnerable zebra illegally only because they wanted the meat. Their reasoning was that they were not receiving a salary from the warden, but instead the warden was keeping the money for himself. The question is, are these game wardens poachers?
The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding is a book about a plane full of boys crashing on an island. The boys are by themselves no adults so they have to survive on their own and establish their own government. Piggy is one of the first characters we meet as a boy with poor eyesight, a weight problem and asthma so the readers already like him even if no one else likes him. Piggy is the closest thing the boys have to an adult on the island. Throughout the story Piggy embraces the character traits of being intellectually intelligent, Mature and loyal.
The Mythological Chinese Kingdom portrays ancient times, while the Junior High School portrays modern times. The Mythological Chinese Kingdom consists of fruit flower mountain, monkeys, heavens, and demons. Although this is to portray the ancient times, the monkeys are acting in accordance with the words of “today’s society”. The monkeys, the demons, and the people talking with suggestive references like, “Your peaches look extra plump today”, (1). Although this is connected to Ancient China, this is definitely not the way the Chinese spoke to one another. The Junior High School also ties in with the methods of old China. In ancient and modern China their leader is viewed as God-like. In today’s society, the “popular” kids are at the top of the school hierarchy. They could be viewed as “God-like”, especially to Jin. Jin looks up to those kids just like how the people of China look up to their leader. Jin is faced with being one of the very few Asians at his Junior High School, while everyone else is American. Of course Jin is going to feel out of sorts, especially when his teacher introduces him to the class as “Jin Jang”, and saying “He and his family moved to our neighborhood all the way from China”, when Jin’s real name is Jin Wang and his family moved from San Francisco (30). Gene Luen Yang uses this humility to display that it takes a considerable amount of open
Family by Pa Chin is a captivating novel that describes what life in China was like in the twentieth century. Confucianism, a big religion in China at the time, was heavily focused on filial piety. Filial piety is the relationship of obedience, in which the elders are to be respected by the younger generation (Wu, lecture notes, 2015). This religion was one of the main structures on how the society was ran. Chin represents how the younger generation was upset with how the old traditions of the Confucian system were ran and that they were ready to change it. He does this through the perspectives of many characters but especially in the three brothers, Cheuh-hisn, Cheuh-min, and Cheuh-hui.
Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo are both known for being the world’s greatest long distance travelers, however, because of their different backgrounds it had influenced the way in which each traveler wrote about their experiences in China. This contrast is dominantly believed to have been influenced by their different religious backgrounds, and how each had viewed the world. This was ultimately is influenced by ones cultural and religious background. In this essay I will examine the different experiences that both Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo had experienced during their visits in China.
Writer Jack London wrote a 3rd person limited omniscient a fairly difficult thing to do in his time. The book he did this with is Call of the Wild a fiction novel. The setting is of one before my generation, but does wonders to help the imagination of the story
The Chinese religion have 394 million adherents, and 150,000 are in North America. Although they are unsure about what their religion is because, it is a connection of “separate elements: traditional religion, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism (Taoism)” (Corduan, 2012, p. 388). These elements are significant to the Chinese Popular Religion. This essay aims to summarize the key features of Chinese Popular Religion, describe key religious practices for an adherent of Chinese Popular Religion, describe the role of traditional Chinese religion in contemporary Chinese society, describe how the growth of Christianity and other religions have impacted contemporary Chinese society, and offer an example of how you think Christians might enhance their interactions within Chinese society.
In Mr. Monk Gets Even by Lee Goldberg, Mr. Monk was even better at solving the murder mysteries than I expected. Mr. Monk was an unusual character; he was written to be abnormal. Despite his many phobias and quirks, he was a brilliant detective. He used his deductive skills consulting the San Francisco Police Department. In the story, he solved several murders and prevented the prison escape of his nemesis. Throughout the story, Mr. Monk was an interesting character.
Have you ever watched a suspenseful movie about magic? Have you ever wished you had your own genie that would grant you three wishes? However, the three wishes aren 't exactly what you wished for? Well in the story the Monkey’s Paw that pattern seems to be happening a lot. In the short story, The Monkey 's Paw we are first introduced to the White, the Mrs.White, Mr.White, and their son, Herbert White. Later in the story, we are introduced to Sergeant Major Morris who brought the mummy-like monkey’s paw to the Whites house. The theme of the Monkey 's paw is to never interfere with fate. The theme is shown through many forms in the short story. The forms are the events, the foreshadowing, and the actions.
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality”-Edgar Allan Poe. All great horror stories represent that quote. There is one story that does not. “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs is not a horror story because there is not a monster, it is not believable, and it does not have a creepy setting.