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Cross-National Public Opinion about HomosexualityExamining Attitudes across the Globe$
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Amy Adamczyk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288751

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288751.001.0001

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Investigating Public Opinion in Confucian Nations

Investigating Public Opinion in Confucian Nations

Buddhism and the Importance of Family Ties in East Asia

(p.151) Chapter 6 Investigating Public Opinion in Confucian Nations
Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality

Amy Adamczyk

University of California Press

A substantial portion of the world’s people reside in countries where Buddhism, Taoism, and systems of ancestral belief dominate. To understand the factors shaping attitudes in these places, this chapter (and the next) examines Confucian nations. These societies (i.e., China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong) are more tolerant than many Islamic, Middle Eastern, and African nations, but they are less supportive than countries in the Global North. Using data from the World Values Survey, this chapter shows that Confucianism has created a culture in which family stability and kinship ties are particularly valued. As a result, concerns about keeping the family intact and the importance of blood relationships are particularly important in shaping residents’ views about homosexuality.

Keywords:   Confucianism, Buddhism, family, kinship, blood relationships, survey

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