Ideals and Reality: Sun Yat-sen\u27s Dream for Asia


When planning China\u27s future revolution, Sun Yat-sen at one time used the model of the West. Since China is after all a part of Asia, however, and as his understanding of the corrupt and critical state of the Western system of capitalismgrew, he eventually looked once again to Asia. He advocated collaborating with Japan, and approved of allying with various oppressed peoples inAsia. He planned to join forces with other Asian nations in order to stop Western encroachment in Asia. He divided the world into two major categories: the oppressors and the oppressed. He sought independence, equality, prosperity, and power for the oppressed, and proposed a new world order of peace and justice. He considered nationalism to be the basis of cosmopolitanism.Only by restoring national equality to the oppressed nations would those nations be able to move toward cosmopolitanism. For Sun, societiesshould deal appropriately with the relationship between cosmopolitanism and nationalism, both of which necessarily were to endure profound, universal judgment from people around the world. Humankind was to reawaken and rally together to help their own respective cultures. China\u27s traditional morality was to spread to merge with the morally good elements of every country in the world, creating the foundation for building a new world citizen morality

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