Book Review 1 on Confucius Lives Next Door

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Book Review 1 on Confucius Lives Next Door is due no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT. (This Assignment box may be linked to Turnitin.) When you save your document, please make sure it includes the format: “Firstname-Lastname–BR1."

The book reviews are to be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, and approximately five pages in length.

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REL 223 World Religions: East and West Book Review Guides Book Review 1 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. 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 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… REL223 Religions of the World: East and West BOOK REVIEW 1 (MODULE 4): Book Review Scoring Rubric (Total of 100 points possible) This course calls upon you to write a number of journal entries. Book Reviews ought to evidence the following:      Required elements in the Syllabus and in “Book Review Guidelines” (Addendum 4 to the syllabus). Reflection of how the contemporary expressions of these faiths related in the characters’ lives are relevant to personal or collective societal experience. Consideration of how the central teachings, principles and practices of these faith traditions could be introduced and implemented into your own life, experience and American culture, for personal or collective edification. Double-spaced, 12-point font, approximately 5 pages in length. Correct spelling and grammar. Your written communication ought to evidence the following and will be graded accordingly: Rating Scale High Quality: Adequate: Needs Improvement: Inadequate: Corresponds to an A- to A (90-100 points) Corresponds to a B- to B+ (80-89 points) Corresponds to a C to C+ (75-79 points) Corresponds to an F (0-74 points) Criteria Elements Book Content (30 points) Not attempted (little to no evidence of element) Inadequate (does not meet expectations; performance is substandard) No use of the assigned book. Alludes to or refers to the assigned book, but with no specific examples or cited quotations. References to the book are practically unrelated to what is said in the book review. 17.9–20.9 points Pts Needs Improvement (works towards meeting expectations; performance needs improvement) Adequate (meets expectations; performance is satisfactory) High Quality (exceeds expectations; performance is outstanding) Refers to the assigned book with examples, but very generally not specifically. No direction quotations and/or the References to book content are only loosely connected to what is said in the book review. At least one specific example and/or properly cited quotation from the assigned book. References are directly related to what is said in the book review. Multiple specific examples and/or properly cited direct quotations from the assigned book, and all references to the book are specifically and directly related to what is said in the book review. Perhaps even integrates other course material. 21–23.9 points /30 0–17.9 points 27–30 points Application (30 points) No reflection the relevance and applicability of the teachings, principles, and practices of the faith, as well as contemporary expressions of faith in the characters’ lives, for personal or collective societal life and experience. Any applications have no connection to the book. Little reflection on the relevance of the teachings, principles, and practices of the faith, as well as contemporary expressions of faith in the characters’ lives, personal or collective societal life and experience. Any such applications are not well-connected to examples from the book. 17.9–20.9 points Includes some reflection on the relevance and applicability of the teachings, principles, and practices of the faith, as well as contemporary expressions of faith in the characters’ lives to at least either personal or collective societal life and experience. These applications from the book examples are not entirely clear. 21–23.9 points 24–26.9 points Reflects on how contemporary expressions on the relevance and application of the teachings, principles, and practices of the faith, as well as contemporary expressions of faith in the characters’ lives to both personal or collective societal life and experience. These applications are connected to the book examples cited. Multiple, exceptional, substantial, and insightful reflections on the relevance and application of the teachings, principles, and practices of the faith, as well as contemporary expressions of faith in the characters’ lives to both personal and collective societal life and experience. These applications are very wellconnected to the book examples used. /30 27–30 points 0–17.9 points 24–26.9 points Engagement (30 points) No engagement with the book content itself. No coverage of questions/topics in the review instructions for this book. No indication of what was personally striking and why. . Some critical engagement/analysis or this very loosely related to the book. Little coverage of questions/topics in the review instructions for this book. Little to no indication of what was personally striking and why. Lengthier critical engagement/analysis, or this is not entirely related to the book. Covers at least one question/topic in the review instructions for this book, but not very thoroughly. Mentions something personally striking, but it is either not from the book or there is little explanation as to why it was interesting. Personal engagement with/analysis of the book. Covers thoroughly at least one question/topic asked for in the instructions for this book. Reflects upon at least one aspect or anecdote of Clear, exceptional, substantial, and highly insightful personal engagement with/ analysis of book. Covers multiple questions/topics asked for in the instructions for this book. Reflects upon multiple aspects and anecdotes /30 21–23.9 points 17.9–20.9 points the book and the characters’ experience that was particularly striking and why. 0–17.9 points of the book and the characters’ experience that were particularly striking and why. 27–30 points 24–26.9 points Length, Spelling and Grammar (30 points) Far short of the required length, lacks correct format, and/or extremely poor, spelling and grammar (utterly atrocious). Short of the required length, lacks correct format, and/or difficult to read/hinders the understanding of the reader due to poor spelling and grammar. At least the required length, and/or contains numerous spelling and grammatical but they do not hinder reader’s understanding. 7–7.9 points 6–6.9 points At least the required length, and contains minimal spelling and grammatical or mechanical errors that do not hinder the readers’ understanding. Over the required length, writing is clear, and contains no grammatical or spelling errors. /10 9–10 points 0-5.9 points 8–8.9 points / 100 Comments/Feedback: : ...
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Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, developed Confucianism, which is an ethical and
philosophical system implemented after the desertion of legalism in China. Although there are
three doctrines of Confucianism, Daoism, humanism, and Buddhism, the system merges Daoism
and Buddhism since they are lower aspects compared to humanism. Humanism being the central
principle of Confucianism, it centers on the significance of family and believes that through selfcreation and self-cultivation, humans are improvable, teachable and perfectible. Furthermore, it
emphases on the preservation of values and improvement of virtue with the ethical perceptions
advocating for humaneness for other individuals, maintenance of uprightness and moral
temperament to do good and justice, among others. Nowadays, Confucian values act as
guidelines for different beliefs and philosophies such as Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam.
The book is captivating and inscribes in an entertaining and straightforward style, yet dull
in its content. The book incorporates first-hand accounts from the writer of living in Malaysia,
China, Japan, Other South, and East Asian countries and Taiwan. It offers the reader a taste of
daily life in these countries and brings forward ideologies of America as regarded by residents of
those countries. The writer, Reid, points out the faults in his American philosophy and embraces
the Japanese approach of social connectedness.
On the same note, Reid concentrates on the Asia culture and leaves out the economic
conditions that will shape the Asian century by illustrating incidences of low crime, strong
families, low employment rates, equal wealth distribution, and high training standards.
Furthermore, he examines the foundations of the "East Asia's miracle (Reid, 2013)," which are

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Thanks, good work

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