The week of my progress

The unity of opposites was first suggested by Heraclitus

  1. WHAT IS HAPPINESS? —-> SUBSYSTEM OF HAPPINESS FACTORS
  2. DEFINITIONS OF HAPPINESS ACCORDING TO BUDDHISM, CONFUCIANISM AND DAOISM ——>     CHINESE CULTURE HAPPINESS (TODAY)
  3. WESTERN (HERACLITUS, EPICURUS)  —–>     U.S. CULTURE HAPPINESS (TODAY)
  4. PERSONAL DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS(QUOTES)
  5. PRESENTING INTERVIEW DATA
  6. CONCLUSION/DISCUSSION

the week of my progress

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current literature/literature review regarding happiness in terms

of different cultures (Chinese/Philosophy) Epicurus

keywords: happiness (+ synonyms) Chinese American U.S.

Sino- philosophy

2 movies during the presentation

What is happiness?

何谓快乐?

PART 1: 1st clip is an interview regarding definition of happiness

Chuck will be in the video

come up w/ theory/hypothesis based on video/survey results

quantify/identify elements/components in American and Chinese

cultures (compare numbers)

PART 2: in-depth analysis/discussion regarding happiness

different perspectives/world views by which we see the world

the week of my progress

The similarities and differences between the Chinese view of happiness vs. the Western view      : Examining Happiness from a Sino-American Perspective

– literature review

traditional philosophies views on happiness (Daoism/Confucianism vs. Greek “Big Three”)

slave of destiny vs. controlling your fate

– literature review

The same at a core level (more disparity at surface)

– hypothesis

Differences in terms of culture and stage of development (cultural relativism)

Mutual respect and understanding

physiological needs are the same (happiness)

sociocultural (self-actualization/realization WEST) /

(accumulation of wealth + power CHINESE)

culturally-neutral questions

translation of happiness (幸福 vs. 快乐 vs. 喜悦)

individual happiness/group, familial

internal happiness/happiness from others

happiness stems from those things which are hard to come by (以稀为贵)

-English/Chinese questions for interviewees