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- China, Japan, and Korea are three Asian countries with strong Confucian tradition.
However there are differences. The Korean version is that of Zhu Xi (called
Chu Hee or Chu-Ja), known as Neo-Confucianism among Western philosophers. We call
it Chu-Ja Hak.
Zhu Xi is largely unknown even among high-educated Chinese scholars. Japanese Samurai doctrine was largely based on Buddhism. Neo-Confucianism was introduced to Japan after Japanese troops kidnapped Korean scholars during their invasion of Korea 400 years ago. Konishi Yukinaga (So-Seo Haeng Jang) was one of their commanders. Did you know he was a Christian? He became quite interested in the Korean version of Confucianism, and kidnapped Korean scholars to his country.
Then, the Tokugawa dynasty adopted this Korean version as its constitution. In Japan, this Korean version called "Shiu-shi Kaku" (Chu-ja Hak). However, the Tokugawa period lasted only for 250 years until Japanese started copying Western systems. This means their Shiu-Shi-tradition is strong.
We can thus conclude that Koreans were able to adopt Christianity so easily thanks to the tradition of their own Confucianism. It is thus an interesting subject to see the common denominator between Christianity and the Korean version of Confucianism.
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