Chinese Religions And The Western World

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Until very recently, the Chinese religions have remained fairly unknown to the Western world. Unlike the religions that have stemmed from the Middle East or the Indian subcontinent, East Asian philosophies have never had a strong concept of missionary spirit. Therefore, their expanse remained confined to the East Asian nations of China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Mongolia. However, in the last hundred years or so, an increase in political, commercial, and cultural contacts of the East Asian region with other parts of the world broke this trend. This helped to spread the philosophies of East Asian sages all around the globe. Scriptures and traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism spread beyond the East Asian region and reached areas far and beyond, thus spreading their concept of harmony, and love for the beauty of nature. Today, a considerable amount of East Asian populations live throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas and continue to influence the people and culture of these regions (Hopfe, 170.) Therefore, to acknowledge the impact of the aforementioned East Asian philosophies on American culture, this essay discusses three significant elements of the American lifestyle — healthcare, cuisine, and art.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, based on Chinese traditions of more than 2,000 years, comprises of various medicinal practices such as acupuncture, herbal medicines, massage (Tui Na), and exercise (qigong). Unlike other branches of medicine, the ideology
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