Today, Americans are faced with unprecedented challenges, including global competition, decline in education quality, skyrocketing government debt, the looming insolvency of Social Security and Medicare, and high oil prices. To prevail in this tough environment, many Americans are seeking solutions to better manage their lives and raise their children. Wisdom from other successful cultures may be just what families need to broaden their worldview and provide fresh ideas to meet these challenges.
The Chinese Secrets for Success: Five Inspiring Confucian Values offers fresh ideas and practical guidance based on five Confucianism values as they relate to career aspiration, education, money management, family, and friendship. These are the untold secrets behind the rise of China and the success of Asian Americans—“the highest-income, best-educated, and fastest-growing racial group in the US,” according to the Pew Research Center.
Based on his bicultural living experience and deep understanding of Confucianism, YuKong Zhao connects ancient Chinese wisdom to today’s real-life challenges and shares an “inside view” on how Chinese Americans apply these values to their lives and make themselves successful. He provides many examples of what Confucianism-influenced Chinese families do differently when it comes to parenting, money management, family management, and friendship in their pursuit of a high-quality education, good career, and prosperous life. Using an insightful cross-cultural perspective, he advocates a balanced approach that combines the strengths of both Confucian values and American culture. He challenges many prevailing pop-culture values that weaken the good traditions that once made America great in the twentieth century, and offers sensible solutions that are refreshing, distinctive, and effective.
- It is the first book to introduce the untold Chinese success secrets of inspiring Confucian values to a mainstream audience in the West.
- Kirkus Reviews says, “His approach is practical, straightforward, and well researched.”
- MidWest Book Review says, “Deftly written, superbly organized and presented, ‘The Chinese Secrets for Success’ is as informed and informative, as it is thoughtful, and thought-provoking, making it very highly recommended for personal and community library self-help and self-improvement collections. A unique and seminal work, ‘The Chinese Secrets for Success’ is also available in a Kindle edition.”