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By Anne Behnke Kinney

Chinese language within the 20th century, cause on modernizing their state, condemned their inherited tradition partly due to the fact that it used to be oppressive to the younger. The authors of this pioneering quantity offer us with the proof to re-evaluate these fees. Drawing on assets starting from artwork to clinical treatises, fiction, and funerary writings, they separate out the various complexities within the chinese language cultural development of adolescence and the methods it has replaced through the years. hearing how chinese language noted young children - no matter if their very own baby, the summary baby short of schooling or remedy, the best precocious baby, or the fictitious baby - shall we us determine in concrete phrases the buildings and values that underlay chinese language lifestyles. -- Patricia Buckley Ebrey, college of Illinois

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99 In Later Han historical sources that recount the rise of such men, we also begin to see frequent reference to childhood as an important element of their biographies. One of the earliest and fairly thorough accounts of childhood can be found in Wang Chong’s autobiography: In the third year of jianwu, Wang Chong was born. When playing with his companions, he disliked all frivolous games. His comrades would entrap birds, catch cicadas, play for money, and gambol on stilts. Wang Chong alone declined to take part in their games to the great amazement of his father.

Before analyzing early Han ideas of this process, which for present purposes are best represented by the thought of Liu Xiang (ca. ), it is first necessary to discuss in more detail beliefs about predetermined wickedness. As the preceding survey of Han notions concerning human nature indicates, a number of thinkers believed that wickedness was in some cases inborn. How was this determined, and what were the implications of such a belief? Predetermined Wickedness Confucius once said: “By nature, people are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

One of the earliest and fairly thorough accounts of childhood can be found in Wang Chong’s autobiography: In the third year of jianwu, Wang Chong was born. When playing with his companions, he disliked all frivolous games. His comrades would entrap birds, catch cicadas, play for money, and gambol on stilts. Wang Chong alone declined to take part in their games to the great amazement of his father. At the age of six, he received his first instruction and learned to behave with politeness, honesty, benevolence, obedience, propriety, and reverence.

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