K Ang Hsi: The Sacred Tasks: Summary

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All of the readings and the video reveal factors of legitimization during the Pacific Rim empires. In the three readings, they overlap each other with similar ideas. In the video “The Way of Sumurai (Documentary)” these readings are taken into physical context. It discusses what rulers were like and what rules they had in place. In the first reading “K’ang Hsi: The Sacred Edits”, it legitimizes the idea that no matter if you were poor or rich you were excepted to follow these rules. The ruler who was described in the passage was seen as a “benevolent father”. After reading this passage it reminded me of the 10 Commandments. However, these rules were seen as “the darker side” of China. “Exclusion of the Portuguese” could be seen as the darker…show more content…
In “Closed Country Edict of 1635” it was similar to the exclusion, that rewards were to be given and you must listen. During this dynasty, it was authoritarian leadership but also very cultural. Authoritarian because in “The Way of Sumari (Discovery)”, people were given two choices, either do what you are told or you will be beheaded. They also had to follow the same religion, they saw the Christians are “barbaric”. This shook the Japanese, hence the making of most of the rules in “Closed Country..”. In that passage as well the rules are demanding, no Japanese were allowed abroad and no foreign ships were allowed to dock at this time. The Japanese people had to be obedient but this was also cultural. In“The Way of the Sumari”, they say this regime was so strong. They also describe Japanese Cultural as a “flowering cultural”. Many people also say they were very developed for their time with cultural aspects and values, such as education and etc. (Ex: Make the most of schools and academies in order to honor the ways of scholars.) These factors were all similar and contributed to the legitimization of the Pacific Rim empires along with being authoritarian and
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