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The first Book Review is based upon required course readings that offer contemporary accounts of the lived experience of Confucianism and Islam. The reviews call for you to consider the contemporary expressions of these faiths and to reflect upon their relevance to your own and our collective societal experience--To consider how central teachings, principals and practices of these faith traditions could be introduced and implemented into your own life, experience and American culture so as to lend to your personal and our collective edification.

In light of the above description from our course syllabus, your review of T.R. Reid's book, Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living In The East Teaches Us About Living In the West, ought to consider the following:

Reid and his family's experience of Confucianism/the Confucian ethos during their residency in Japan in the 1990's-An experience which he describes as East Asia's Social Miracle.

How Confucianism/the Confucian ethos is expressed in contemporary Japanese culture-Including, when relevant/pertinent, consideration and assessment of central Confucian tenets operative in and experienced by the Reid's during their residency in contemporary Japan, e.g., evidence of the 5 Confucian Virtues (jen, yi, li, chih and hsin); the 5 Confucian Key Relationships and corresponding 10 Appropriate Attitudes; the Confucian Doctrine of the Mean; Rectification; etc.

What lessons we can take from the Confucian/Japanese experience that might contribute to a better social experience in our culture and to the improvement of ourselves as individuals.

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Allow the review to be an occasion by which you reflect upon and consider aspects, anecdotes and aspects of the book and the experience of the Reid's which particularly struck you in some way-positively and/or negatively-and critically engage and assess why this was the case. This may lead some to gravitate on issues relevant to education or crime or social analysis or economics or cultural rites of passage or interpersonal relationships or...In short, there is freedom for you to pursue points of particular interest to you and/or relevant to your major...

Book Review 2

The Second Book Review is based upon required course readings that proffer contemporary accounts of the lived experience of Confucianism and Islam. The reviews call for you to consider the contemporary expressions of these faiths and to reflect upon their relevance to your own and our collective societal experience--To consider how central teachings, principals and practices of these faith traditions could be introduced and implemented into your own life, experience and American culture so as to lend to your personal and our collective edification.

In light of the above description from our course syllabus, your review of Ali Eteraz's book, Children of the Dust, ought to consider the following:

How journey is a common motif in spiritual writings-Eteraz's journey from childhood to adulthood and from Pakistan to the United States and how these journeys, in turn, convey Eteraz's evolving self-understanding, spiritual maturation, understanding of Islam, etc.

Eteraz's and his family's experience of Islam/the Islamic ethos during their residency in Pakistan and America, respectively.

How Islam/the Islamic ethos is expressed in contemporary Pakistani culture-Including, when relevant/pertinent, consideration and assessment of central Islamic tenets operative in and experienced by the Eteraz's during their residency in contemporary Pakistan.

The Eteraz's experience of how Islam is perceived by certain segments of the population in the United States via consideration of relevant/pertinent experiences of the Eteraz's during their residency in contemporary America...and how Ali's American experiences impacted, informed, shaped and colored his spiritual journey and his understanding of his faith/religion.

What lessons we can take from Eteraz's experiences that might contribute to a better social experience in our culture and to the improvement of ourselves as individuals as we undergo our own journeys and spiritual maturation, and as our own religious understandings and sensitivities evolve.

Additionally:

Allow the review to be an occasion by which you reflect upon and consider aspects, anecdotes and aspects of the book and the experience of Eteraz which particularly struck you in some way-positively and/or negatively-and critically engage and assess why this was the case. This may lead some to gravitate on issues relevant to social analysis or cultural rites of passage or interpersonal relationships or religious toleration...In short, there is freedom for you to pursue points of particular interest to you and/or relevant to your major.

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The book "Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us about Living in the West" by T. R. Reid is the best book for knowing about the positivity in Japanese culture. Reid had the opportunity to live in Japan for five years as the Tokyo bureau chief of the regional office of Washington Post. He is known for his proactive writing about the rituals with a taste that builds on deeper study. The purpose of the book if be considered is making the west known to this part of Asia and specifically Japan. Till know the world has only seen these regions as down trodden regions who are not as rich as other parts of the world, or as tea based counties, or with typical cultures. The book is significant because it breaks that perception of Asia or Japan individually and brings it out as an effluent culture which includes people who are hard-working while being the most down to earth. Further, it also highlights the positive social culture which makes people live for society rather being individualistic. The book also holds significance because it brings along with Japanese culture an overview of Confucius teaching's.

The book is written around the experiences of Reid and his family in Tokyo. Initially they had been feeling like being in an alien planet, but then gradually as his children start engaging in schools along with him and his wife easing in neighborhood they get to know about Confucianism. Confucianism is based on five virtues of jen, yi, li, chih and hsin. They collectively means benevolence, righteousness, ritual norms, wisdom and faithfulness. Everything that the author has described in the book, gives a smell of one of these virtues. When the neighbor walked in to tell the author that his son playing electric bass was mortifying the colony the outlook given is humble.




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