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The Upright Principles of Confucian Businessmen

Traditional Confucian values — “benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and trust” — sound like rather staid notions, more suitable for a refined scholar of literature than a go-go entrepreneur. But cases abound through Chinese history of Confucian businessmen who built vast commercial empires relying on those ideas. Take the case of Hu Xueyan, a banker who went out ...

Max Lu

Statue of Confucius.