Photographer's Note

The economic prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region in the 90s has created no less attentions to Confucianism for it was regarded as the cultural background conducive for entrepreneurs of this region to excel. Some scholars even believe that a "Confucian Revival" is at hand and propose the 21st Century to be the "Confucian Century".

Although the causes of economic growth and success are complex and likely to vary from one country to another, the significance of culture has been emphasized. Hicks and Redding commented, "as there are well over a hundred developing countries, the almost perfect correlation between Chinese heritage and economic success could hardly be due to chance." Another study by Gordon Redding on the spirit of Chinese capitalism suggested a strong link between Confucian values and modern overseas Chinese business enterprises.

However, when the same region triggered a globally felt economic crisis two years ago, fingers were also pointed at Confucianism, naming it as the culprit behind the downfall of Chinese entrepreneurship. Further, people often loosely refer to "Confuciamsm" or "Asian Values" when analyzing factors relevant to the economy and social matters. They do so without first synthesizing the system of thought upon which they base their claims, thereby weakening their arguments. Moreover, studies on Chinese values are certainly insufficient if not misconstrued by scholars with no Chinese background, How then does Confucianism influence Asian countries? Do traditional Chinese values still exist in modern Chinese societies? Based on the publications by scholars in the past few years, the approach to these questions varies between "institutionalism" and "culturalism". Yet, as Yang Kuo-shu points out, in this age of rapid global development, we can no longer be over-concerned with nebulous and abstract issues; rather, we should discuss modernization directly at the level of the real world, basing ourselves on actual observable phenomena...

(Cheuk Yin Lee)


...taken at "The Art of Timber Construction - Chinese Architectural Models" exhibition at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich...


...you may check the workshop to get a better idea about the exhibition...


(Mnih Modern Sanat Mzesi'nde, "in Ahşap Yapı Sanatı - Mimari Maketler" sergisinde ekildi.)

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