***It appears to me that there is a new, almost trendy focus on Confucian values and thinking in China. How this affects openness to the gospel both in China and among Asian-Americans remains to be seen.

China turns to Confucius, with a modern twist

A professor’s fresh look at the ancient sage is a bestseller in a nation where a booming economy has left some feeling spiritually bereft.

By Ching-Ching Ni
LA Times Staff Writer

May 7 2007

Beijing — CONFUCIUS famously considered a good woman to be an illiterate woman. The ancient sage might want to eat his words: More than 2 1/2 millenniums after his death, he’s back in vogue, thanks in no small part to a Chinese woman with a PhD.

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