Asian Marxism Essay

500 WordsOct 10, 20122 Pages
Kang Youwei was born in 1858, in southern China. He was an absolute Confucian and was famous for his revolutionary ideas in late Qing dynasty. To analysis Kang's political thought, it is essential that to understand the meaning of conservatism particularly in China. According to Mary Wright's discussion of the Chinese traditional conservatism, “he(conservative) preservation of the Confucian, rationalist, gentry, and non-feudal strains of pre-Taiping and pre-Opium War Chinese society”. “To the Chinese conservative the Confucian social order, the Confucian political system, and the Confucian ethic are of enduring value, true and right for all men in all ages”. In my own words, Chinese conservatism was There were couple aspects showed Kang was a conservative. First of all, Kang's personality determined that he was an conservatism. Kang was tough in the traditional way in ancient China; his passed the triennial examination which was to select the most brilliant of China's Confucian scholars for a lifetime of service in the imperial bureaucracy. Therefore, as an start of his real life, he undertook the goal of to serve in the ruling class under the Emperor. Also, during the Hundred's Days Reform, when Tan Sitong and his troops were caught, the Six Men were calm and ready to scarify; only Kang escaped to Tianjing and did not get caught. He evaded, and left his brother there. That was what an typical conservative would do, to at least defend himself. In the very end, Kang Youwei and Yuan Shikai, were the two people who still preserve the monarchy after Sun Yatsen's revolution. Although the Emperor stepped down from the stage, Kang still insisted monarchy. Such action showed his internal conservative mind. Secondly, in “The Gate of Heavenly Peace” by Jonathan Spence, Spence mainly talked about Kang Youwei, but he also mentioned Sun Yetsen. Although Sun was a student of

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