Confucius was the founding father of this little principle called "filial piety." He espoused ancestor worship, and a strong connection to family. Another tenet of the Chinese philosopher's ideal society is rigorous civil examination - a bureaucracy that is dependent on merit rather than birth-right. Indeed, Confucius' exemplary teachings revolutionized the Chinese system of governance, and the Civil Service examinations were started.
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To some extent, this is true. Asian students are, in general, more studious than their Western peers. In order to understand the paradigm of the studious Asian, it is crucial to note that a successful education is the pinnacle of achievement (because it allows for social mobility, to this day). In Korea, for example, students student study until the brink of death in order to get into a respectable university (while some student actually do commit suicide under the pressure). In Japan and China, the stories are eerily similar.
Strangely enough, once in university, Asian students seem to meander, aimless in their endeavors. Their unflagging sense of purpose is lost. These students study for their entire lives for a chance to study at a prestigious university. But all they know is exam preparation; they haven't had the chance to explore their own identities yet.