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Introspection and Circumspection in Writing the Self

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The word quality has become extremely popular in the context of post-socialist China. The concept of lacking quality is applied toward those who are perceived as transients, social misfits, and those who attire themselves inadequately. In Chinese society, the members endeavour tremendously in order to acquire the status of higher quality (Kipnis 2006 p 308). One method is to analyze nurturing and parenting techniques as mentioned in the best seller titled: Harvard Girl (Kipnis 2006 p 308). My girlfriend in her web blog which discusses our relationship may have discovered an alternate means of attaining quality and social cultivation in her web blog. In writing about the self in China, there are elements of introspection and circumspection.

In the analysis of writing about the self in China, this introspection and circumspection are performed in order to increase the quality and depth of understanding. Perhaps my girlfriend's establishing a web blog which discloses the details of our relationship is not only seeking quality (suzhi) but social cultivation (suyang). Perhaps my girlfriend's contributing relationship advice to the web blog readers is seeking to demonstrate an aptitude for social cultivation.

Part of what may be a factor in my girlfriend's search for quality may be the fact that as children, my girlfriend's generation in contemporary China was inculcated with the concept of quality. In the year 2000, A book titled: Harvard Girl: Liu Yiting was a tremendous success in China. This book was a narrative of endeavours to nurture a Chinese girl's educational quality. The girl's mother documents the nursing algorithm from birth to the daughter's academic career at Harvard University. The dietary and discipline which was applied to Liu Yiting are documented.

The goal of nurture in Chinese society is social cultivation. Many Chinese intellectuals have debated that the word quality has several components. These components are bodily quality, cognitive quality, moral quality and educational quality (Kipnis 2006 p 304).    

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preview essay on Introspection and Circumspection in Writing the Self
  • Pages: 11 (2750 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Psychology
  • Level: Undergraduate
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