OBLIGATORY QUALIFYING ESSAY (ASSIGNMENT)- EAST1504
The essay must be submitted by March 27, 2009
Please choose one of the following topics for your essay:
1.Compare the impact of Christianity (both Catholicism and Protestantism) upon China, Japan and Korea from the sixteenth century onward. How would you explain why Christianity influenced Korea much stronger than modern Japan or China?
2.Describe the main differences between the socio-political doctrines of Confucius (孔子), Taoists (道家) and Mo Zi (墨子). Which salient features of Confucianism helped it to eventually become the main ideology of the ruling elites in the traditional states of East Asia?
3.What are the reasons for the persistent popularity of the "new religions" in East Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? What are the central features the majority of the most popular "new religions" of East Asia shares?...