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The History of the Islamic Belief and Its People Then and Now

When it comes to the Islamic belief, there is more to religion than just the belief of a God or his teachings, it is more of a culture, a life and a source of being. There are currently 1.6 billion individuals around the globe who are defined by the Islamic belief. This means that they roughly cover at least 23.4% of the overall population of the world. It could be noted that through the years, the increase of the population of the believers of the said faith could be noted to have taken toll on particular implications on how the different aspects of the belief itself changed through time. In the course of looking through the pages of history, there could be are at least sic primary periods in the process by which the Islamic belief evolved according to the changes in the society as well. In the discussion that follows, these six periods shall be used as foundation in seeing how much Islamic belief has taken considerable change through the years and how the people in the world responded to such changes up to these contemporary ages.

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Asian American Studies: Final Journal

The Asian American studies class this semester has been both an intellectual and an emotional journey for me, and sometimes rather a sad or disturbing one.  It has also really changed the way I view American history and the complex and shifting issues involving racial relations, perception, and identity.

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Ida Pruitt, Daughter of Han

Understanding life in another culture and another time is not an easy task. The autobiography Ida Pruitt, Daughter of Han sheds an excessive amount of light on the poverty stricken society of China. This book is filled with morbidity and the darkness that transpires in a lawless society. The place and time was prior to Japan attaching China so pre World War II.  Pruitt’s book is a secondary historical source because it is written from a secondary perspective as dictated by the main character Ning.  There is a significant amount of historical relevance to the Chinese culture presented as well.  The Daughter of Han is a great book that allows others to see what it would be like to live in China during this time period.

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Oda Nobunaga – Three representations

Introduction

Oda Nobunaga was a legendary samurai warrior in the history of Japan. He lived during late 16th century and is considered as the initiator of Japan’s unification process. Shogunate ruled Japan until it was restored by Meiji in 1868 and it was during the period of Shogunate that Oda Nobunaga lived. He was born to Oda Nobuhide who was a deputy military governor (Shugo) and Tsuchinds Gozen on June 23rd of 1534 and died on June 21st 1582. During his life of 48 years Oda Nobugana fought several battles and played a crucial role in unification of Japan. Oda Nobunaga is considered as a major daimyo during Sengoku period in the history of Japan. Though Oda Nobunaga is recognized as the initiator of Japanese unification, he is also considered as a man of brutality. This is because of his life as a conqueror, who was able to conquer one third of Japan. His life was of continuous military conquest and it was his successor Toyotomi Hideyoshi who unified all Japan, though after Oda Nobunaga’s death. Toyotomi Hideyoshi is a loyal supporter of Oda Nobunaga and became the first ruler of united Japan after Ōnin War. Due to a life of continuous warfare Oda Nobunaga is represented mostly as a cruel person in writings and other media. This paper tries to analyze the thesis that “Oda Nobunga was a charismatic and benevolent leader who is largely misinterpreted as cruel and merciless”.

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Japanese Literature of the 19th and 20th Century: Historical Accounts and Personal Insights

The history of many parts of East Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries was marked by wars and invasions, both between various East Asian nations and from outside Western nations. It is impossible to examine this history without making an effort to understand the role that cultural and social traditions played in the way that the conquerors and the conquered shaped the course of development tin East Asia. The Japanese invade and occupied China twice, and also invaded and occupied parts of Korea, as did the Americans and the Soviets at different times. Through various works of literature written by East Asian writers who lived through the history of their nations it is possible to gain some insight into how the cultures and traditions of nations such as Japan, Korea, and China influenced the manner in which they struggled through the challenges of war and occupation, and eventually began to enter the modern industrial age that was reshaping not just the Western world, but countries across the globe.

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Gohatto (Taboo) (2000)

Tensions between Samurai and other power holders in Japan, warriors’ views, Sex, love and gender were major contentious issues of the 19th century that riddled the Samurai people of Japan. Samurai presented themselves as brave warriors who fought battle with their neighbors for land. It is important to note that they defended their community against attacks. They prepared young men as warrior training them in military camps. The feudal clan of upheld its cultures, rituals, and privileges to the later as each man prided himself for undergoing initiation to adulthood. According to (Katsu 140), the Samurai people depict themselves as celebrated warriors who underwent their coming of age ceremony with lots of honor.

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Chinese art history

Introduction

The approach adopted for the discussion on the history of Chinese culture follows a dynastic view where the history is classified on the dynastic framework. The arts of the various dynasties have distinct characteristics from each other and provide an exhaustive and sequential approach to the history of Chinese art. Unlike the western approach on the history of this art, this approach puts into context the understanding of the Chinese people in the subject as the approach is similar to their view on the history of the art.

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A Rhapsody Without Intent

Xi Shuye’s “Rhapsody on the Zither” helps the listeners see the real beauty of the instrument as demonstrated by the majestic paulownia tree’s opening description. The frequent references to mountainous heights and sunlight portray the zither as a beacon in the treacherous landscape. Everything from trees to rocks and waters has character that influences zither’s immortal audience. The alliteration reminds us of the contrast of the zither’s peacefulness with the strange chaotic rhythm of the world without music.

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A Japan of Movements

The following bibliography includes five sources from various cultural views of the Tokugawa period. Each author talks about something different—furniture, housing, arts, literature, and more. Some changes had to do with nature and others with culture, tradition, or rebellion. All changes affect Japan as it is today.

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Kagemusha – The Contemporary Perception of Samurai Honor

In the development of human civilization, one of the most complicated problems was tracking of time and understanding of one’s endurance through time. In this regard, realization of how things change over tie and how traditional values remain the same yet evolve with perception of each epoch were crucial for realization of the lessons of the past so that they could be used in contemporary reality. For some cultures were quite open to the external influence, other were more reserved and self-centered. This is particularly relevant for the national ways in warfare. In Japanese culture, it would refer to the samurai culture. The aim of the present essay is to explore the difference between samurai self-perception in the relatively close time of their existence and contemporary Japanese cultural perception of them. In this context, the description of samurai honor is shown through analysis of Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s tractate “Bushido: The Way of the Samurai” with the movie of Akira Kurasava “Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)”. The main discrepancies in perception of samurai honor will be shown, and reasons for their appearance outlined.

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The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa

Since his birth in 1835, and after a sixty-six year period that had seen extraordinary changes, Fukazawa’s hard work continues to pay. Japan has since transformed from an isolated feudal state to a modern role thanks to Fukazawa’s leading role. During his life, he spent most of his time educating his fellow citizens and trying to unveil some of the ideas behind western civilization. This was during a time when Japan was separate from the modern world. During his life, Japan transformed from a country whose economy depended on Agriculture, had medieval notions of warfare and whose modern science was in the confines of some Dutch books to a modern state. This included things like a well-disciplined army and navy, an efficient parliament, compulsory education, and rapidly growing industries.

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Self-assessment sheet

 

SELF-ASSESSMENT SHEET

 

Please answer the following questions and attach this sheet to your paper.

1. In one sentence, what is your central argument?

 

Aristotle and Confucius have the same vision of a state governed by virtuous leaders but they differ in the role attributed to emotion in achieving this vision.

 

2. If you had additional time to work on this paper, would you want to change it? Explain.

 

If I had more time to work on the paper, I would improve the comparison and contrast section.

 

3. Please use the space below to ask one question that you would like me to address in my comments. [Design your question to elicit feedback that would help you to revise your paper.]

Did I write a good conclusion for the paper?

 

 

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Dao De Jing

The Dao De Jing, a work often attributed to the historical figure of Lao Tzu, is a philosophical tract, however one that deals with both greater metaphysical themes, as well as practical advice. By metaphysical themes, I intend to mean something that is beyond this world and something that is beyond existence. Accordingly, because of these lofty themes, it seems that the crucial part of the Dao De Jing is that it forces one to think on an emotional level, since its own text transcends our everyday concerns. In this sense, the Dao De Jin offers a radical account of emotions, wherein emotion does not mark a primitive and instinctual stance towards, as in the case of, for example, the Ancient Greeks who emphasized the rationality of logos, but rather that emotion represents a higher form of thought. Accordingly, emotion itself, including feelings and desires have to be thought on this higher plane of existence, but at once one’s feeling and desire should be streamed towards achieving precisely this emotional higher state.

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What is the significance of the Meiji Restoration for the emergence of a capitalist economy and state in Japan?

The Meiji Restoration has a great significance in the history of Japan, not necessarily due to the event itself, namely, the restoration of the Imperial rule in Japan, but rather, due to the correlated events that took place after the symbolic return of the emperor’s power. The Meiji era was a time of tremendous change or Japan, which emerged from its Feudal tradition to become one of the world’s most powerful countries, and it all occurred during the lifetime of Emperor Meiji. Though the emperor himself is associated with this evolution, his political role was limited and the progress was directed by the same group of intellectuals that brought him back to symbolical power. In these conditions, the role of the Meiji Restoration for the emergence of a capitalist economy and state in Japan may be questioned.  While the emperor himself was not empowered by the restoration, the young thinkers of the then-contemporary Japan were empowered through him, and their eyes turned towards the West with admiration and a great ambition of reaching and exceeding their power.