Behind the Bamboo Firewall

2 Jul 2012 Study Notes

It was September 2 1945 when the first radio transmission in Vietnamese was broadcasted. The very first modern mass media that the people in Vietnam would listen to aired Ho Chi Minh’s voice declaring the independence of Vietnam. One week later the Voice of Vietnam as the first official Vietnamese radio station was established and […]

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A Korean Family History

10 Jun 2012 Study Notes

A family story that leads us back more than 1000 years in history, through several kingdoms and major turns in history.

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A Stable Society Through Virtue

27 May 2012 Study Notes

In the ancient times of Asia the ethic thought has been dominated by what the West calls “Confucianism”. Still today this set of values is deep rooted in many Asian societies. People who were not socialized within such a community might find it difficult to understand it.

Confucius (孔子) lived between 551 and 479 BC and less than a century later in another part of the world a different philosopher came to similar conclusions. Plato (Πλάτων) was a philosopher in ancient Greece and lived between 424 and 348 BC. As Confucius is important for the Asian world of thought, Plato can be compared as of similar significance for Western philosophy.

So what is it that these two have in common?

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