The winds of change: Is Modernity simply Westernisation?
It is undeniable that most of the information we absorb daily remains filtered through a Western perspective, whether directly or not. Historically, this prevailing paradigm of a modernisation according to Western prescriptions has dictated the degree of “progress” observed within the global South. This has generally been the voice of colonialism and imperialism. Societies have been regarded as “modern” once they adopt Western ideas and equipment – notable examples being Qing China and Meiji Japan. Should that be the only criteria? Can there be other alternative perspectives to a unilinear modernity?
This week, we have Esmond Soh leading the discussion, whose interests lie in how Chinese religious institutes cope with the vicissitudes of modernity and its related cultural flows.
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