People throughout the world know that China is a country that has been strongly influenced by Confucianism. However, many of these same people believe that to speak of Chinese Confucianism is to speak of the phenomenon in the past tense. They assume that because the philosophy was condemned in China during the Cultural Revolution, it no longer receives attention. A related assumption is that the influence of the West can be felt in every aspect of urban life; however, the reality is that Western influence is reflected only in material things—those merely skin deep—while Confucianism is found in people's mentality and behaviors—bone deep. A few examples will suffice to illustrate the point.
In a research survey of young people in joint ventures in Shanghai (“Cross-Cultural Value Conflicts and Response of Chinese Youth, ” Contemporary Youth Research 2000/1), a young woman is quoted as saying, “My foreign colleagues never care about what others do but concentrate on