Even though he died more than 2,000 years ago, Confucius still often comes up in conversations about Chinese behaviour and the Chinese psyche. The wisdom of the ancient scholar is credited with, and blamed for, many of the characteristics that outsiders observe in the Chinese today. But how much of modern Chinese behaviour can really be explained by Confucianism, and to what extent do Kongzi’s wise words live on in modern day China?

The man himself was born in the Lu state (modern day Shandong) in 551 BC in the so-called Spring and Autumn Period. Raised by his mother ... Read More>>