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The "Harmony" Philosophy in Chinese Culture and Its International Communication
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Introduction to The “Harmony” Philosophy in Chinese Culture and Its International Communication
By Sanjiu Yan and Feng Liu
Samjiu Yan and Feng Liu present a brief overview of “harmony” and its role in Chinese culture. They note that harmony has been a Chinese core for a very long time and continues to be so even today. According to the authors, harmony can be categorized by three aspects; namely, interpersonal harmony, harmony of man and society, and harmony of man and nature. The three pillars of Chinese culture are Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism which all contain the pursuit of harmony, Samjiu Yan and Feng Liu point out. So it is not surprising that harmony is a core value of Chinese culture in the past and today.
According to the authors, modern Chinese politicians seek to strive for a harmonious world which includes socialism. In fact, the three aspects of harmony are interpreted to mean that they are the foundation of socialism. Consequently, dissenting voices in society are said to interrupt the harmony of man and society. Samjiu Yan and Feng Liu acknowledge that many other cultures also include the element of harmony because it is, for example, also a central tenet of Christianity and Islam.
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