Citizen of New Confucianism

By Xu Chengzhi

Cloth • 212 pp • 145 × 210 mm • English
US$24.95 • C$33.95
ISBN: 9781487812201

Citizen of New Confucianism explores the integration of Eastern Confucian values and Western modern civilization as a solution to the myriad of challenges facing our world today. The book puts forth the ideology of the “Citizen of New Confucianism” and proposes the establishment of a “society of junzi” or virtuous individuals, as a means to reconstruct our society and institutions. The author argues that by embracing the “Way of Goodness and Rightness” from Confucian philosophy and integrating civilizations, we can bring about a world characterized by universal love, mercy, and sympathy. This integration will not only address the current material wealth disparity but also provide a much-needed spiritual richness to our world. The book is an important attempt to show how ancient wisdom can be relevant to modern challenges and provides a fascinating insight into the history and growth of China’s economy. As Fabrizio Hochschild, the former Under-Secretary-General at the UN, states, the book represents an “admirable effort” and offers instructive and insightful solutions for shaping a better future.

About the Author
Dr. Xu Chengzhi (徐诚直) received his PhD in Economics from the Technology University of Darmstadt, Germany in 2013. He has worked as a Chinese diplomat, economist, and executive in several leading companies. In 2006, he was awarded the Honorary Citizen of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Xu is lecturing on economics at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is also an international tai chi master and an influential leader in public diplomacy.

The book represents an admirable effort to see how ancient wisdom can be relevant to the myriad of challenges that we face in modern times. It also represents an important attempt to take a long established tradition in the East and explain its relevance to a contemporary context in the West. The book also offers a fascinating insight in to the history and challenges of the growth of China’s economy. It is as instructive as it is insightful.
—Fabrizio Hochschild
Under-Secretary-General, UN (2019–2021)

The insights offered in the book are particularly timely and invaluable, shedding light on how these ancient principles can be harnessed to foster a more harmonious and prosperous global community. It also serves as a beacon for those seeking to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity. The Citizen of New Confucianism invites us to reflect on how we can draw upon our cultural heritage to create a more inclusive society for all.
—Shen Guofang
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to UN (1997–2001), Former Assistant Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China

The value of the presented book lies in the fact that the author introduced the significance of the philosophy of the greatest Confucius and connected him with the achievements of modern China and the possibility of its use by Western civilization. The greatness of China lies not in the fact that it gifted the world with Confucius himself but in the fact that it followed and continues to follow his philosophy today.
—Sergey Manasaryan
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to China (2016–2023)

The author pointed out that the development of China’s service industry is limited by some abnormal factors, which originated from the distortion of income distribution. This is the deepest analysis on China income distribution and economic structure I ever saw.
—Prof. Mao Yushi
Chinese economist, 2012 recipient of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty from the Cato Institute