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Mediating Across DifferenceOceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution$
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Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834593.001.0001

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Shu and the Chinese Quest for Harmony

Shu and the Chinese Quest for Harmony

A Confucian Approach to Mediating across Difference

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(p.221) Chapter 11 Shu and the Chinese Quest for Harmony
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Mediating Across Difference
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Chengxin Pan

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834593.003.0012

This chapter examines perspectives on self, other, and the world in the Chinese tradition. It argues that the tendency to view China as a monolithic threat forecloses a potential contribution of Chinese culture to building a less confrontational world. Add to this that Confucianism proposes less dichotomised understandings of self and other than are on offer through realist international relations perspectives. In Confucianism the self can come into existence only through and with others, and it is in this stance that the chapter finds a compelling approach for conflict resolution. By focusing the discussion through a particular Confucian concept — shu — the chapter finds a philosophy for harmony and conflict resolution through mutual responsiveness among differences.

Keywords:   shu, Confucianism, China, harmony, Chinese tradition, Chinese culture

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