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Confucius and Socrates: Ancient philosophies, migration, and cultural identity

Nan M. Sussman

in Return Migration and Identity

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028832
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207370 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028832.003.0011
Confucius and Socrates: Ancient philosophies, migration, and cultural identity

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This chapter looks to the past to Chinese philosophy, religion, and history to help in understanding the unique Hong Kong response to remigration and identity. It notes that the teachings of Confucius and Laozi, among others, form a four-thousand-year-old foundation for looking at the migrant psychology of contemporary Hong Kongers. These formative schools of thought are contrasted with those of the ancient Greek philosophers, whose work similarly shaped Western culture, including psychological responses to cultural transitions.

Keywords: Chinese philosophy; religion; history; Hong Kong; remigration; identity; Confucius; Laozi; ancient Greek philosophers

Chapter.  5899 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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