Monday, September 13, 2010

The Post-Confucian East

Kwon Sun-hwal discusses a term that "frequently appears in Japanese media" describing a phenomenon that "can also happen in Korea, whose population is aging at the world’s fastest pace" — No Relations Society.

One might think that "rapid population aging" might provide Confucian Asians the opportunity to pratice Confucian virtues toward the aged, but one would be wrong. Even Mr. Kwon's analysis is un-Confucian and gets it backwards: "The growth in life expectancy is not necessarily a blessing, and can bring about individual pain and a decline in national competitiveness," he writes, failing to place blame on the below-replacement birthrate.

"Desperately needed are policies to allow the elderly to engage in economic activities and individual efforts to upgrade their work skills," he continues. Only ion passing does he mention "reviving ties and affection among family members and neighbors, something overlooked in the process of industrialization."

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well they could try walking faster for starters.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how Confucian China will be when their economic juggernaut starts to tank in the next ten, fifteen years.

9:05 AM  

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