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"Wu wei", an important concept of Taoism, that involves knowing when to act and when not to act

"Wu wei", an important concept of Taoism, that involves knowing when to act and when not to act

Wu wei (無爲) is an important concept of Taoism, that involves knowing when to act and when not to act. Another perspective to this is that “Wu Wei” means natural action – as planets revolve around the sun, they “do” this revolving, but without “doing” it; or as trees grow, they “do”, but without “doing”. […]

Silhak, a Confucian social reform movement in late Joseon Dynasty Korea

Silhak, a Confucian social reform movement in late Joseon Dynasty Korea

Silhak was a Confucian social reform movement in late Joseon Dynasty Korea. Sil means “actual” or “practical,” and hak means “studies” or “learning.” It developed in response to the increasingly metaphysical nature of Neo-Confucianism (성리학) that seemed disconnected from the rapid agricultural, industrial, and political changes occurring in Korea between the late 17th and early […]

Otaku, Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or video games

Otaku, Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or video games

The term is a loanword from the Japanese language. In English, it is usually used to refer to an obsessive fan of anime/manga and/or Japanese culture generally, and to a lesser extent Japanese video games. The term serves as a label similar to Trekkie or fanboy/fangirl. However, use of the label can be a source […]

Matsuri (Japanese festivals)

Matsuri (Japanese festivals)

Japanese festivals are traditional festive occasions. Some festivals have their roots in Chinese festivals but have undergone dramatic changes as they mixed with local customs. Some are so different that they do not even remotely resemble the original festival despite sharing the same name and date. There are also various local festivals (e.g. Tobata Gion) […]

Lu Jiuyuan, a Chinese scholar and philosopher who founded the school of the universal mind

Lu Jiuyuan, a Chinese scholar and philosopher who founded the school of the universal mind

Lu Jiuyuan (Chinese: 陸九淵, 1139–1192) was a Chinese scholar and philosopher who founded the school of the universal mind, the second most influential Neo-Confucian school. He was a contemporary and the main rival of Zhu Xi. Lu’s Philosophy of the Mind: Unity of the Mind and the Way In his own words, Lu said, “The […]

Han Fei, the Geatest Chinese Legalist philosopher

Han Fei, the Geatest Chinese Legalist philosopher

Han Fei (also Han Fei Tzu) (ca. 280–233 BC) was a Chinese philosopher who, along with Li Si, developed Xun Zi’s mutualism into the doctrine embodied by the School of Law or Legalism. Unlike the other famed philosophers of the time, Han Fei was a member of the ruling aristocracy, having been born into the […]

Xun Zi, a Chinese Confucian philosopher

Xun Zi, a Chinese Confucian philosopher

Xun Zi (312–230 BCE) was a Chinese Confucian philosopher who lived during the Warring States Period and contributed to one of the Hundred Schools of Thought. Xun Zi believed man’s inborn tendencies need to be curbed through education and ritual, counter to Mencius’s view that man is innately good. This is similar to Thomas Hobbes’s […]

Mohism, a Chinese Philosophy Developed by the Followers of Mozi

Mohism, a Chinese Philosophy Developed by the Followers of Mozi

Mohism or Moism was a Chinese philosophy developed by the followers of Mozi (also referred to as Mo Tzu, Latinized as Micius), 470 BCE–c.391 BC. It evolved at about the same time as Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism and was one of the four main philosophic schools during the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club