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"Therefore, the farmer was a valuable member of society, and even though he was not considered one with the shi class, the families of the shi were still landholders that often produced crops and foodstuffs." needs ref
"In modern Hong Kong culture, a similar concept remains called the Four Si (四師), since each of the occupations ends with the Chinese character 師, meaning specialist or profession. The four are doctors (醫師), lawyers (律師), engineers (工程師) and accountants (會計師)." may be OR. Needs a ref.
Added a reference for this. Did not know this was going GA. Benjwong (talk) 18:51, 30 January 2008 (UTC)
"There were motives behind the aristocratic officials and later scholar-officials' classifying of certain groups in the hierarchy and leaving others out. The scholar-officials placed farmers as the second most prestigious group because the aristocratic officials and scholar-officials were landholders themselves, much like farmers (the ones who weren't tenant farmers or serfs). Both farmers and artisans were placed on a higher tier than merchants because the two former groups produced crops and manufactured goods, essential things needed by the whole of society. The merchants were seen as merely talented at business and trading, and were often seen as greedy and even parasitic to the needs of all other groups." Needs refs
"Entertainers and courtiers were often dependents upon the wealthy or were associated with the often-perceived immoral pleasure grounds of urban entertainment districts." needs ref for opinion
"the scholars did not want religious leaders amassing too much power and influence like military strongmen" needs ref
Is it broad in its coverage?
A. Major aspects:
Historical development of other classes except shi - not covered.
IN "The shi (士)"; unneccessary details of emperor' polics are given without their effect on the shi clearly mentioned.
"The distinction between what was town and country was blurred in Ming China, since suburban areas with farms were located just outside and in some cases within the walls of a city" : revelance in terms of nong not mentioned.
The claim "The double-edged jian was a demarcation of the shi class, which was more ceremonial after their transformation from a warrior elite to a scholarly elite." needs ref
Pass or Fail:
"Soldiers along China's frontiers were also encouraged by the state to settle down on their own farm lots in order for the food supply of the military to become self-sufficient. Farmers were also encouraged to join peasant militias to act as supporting units to the official standing army." - encouraged by whom, which dynasty or period????
...the gentry scholars' embracing of intellectual cultivation (wen) and detest for violence (wu).
Is this saying that this was a time when wén was embraced over wǔ, or that wǔ is itself detestation of violence? If the former, it should be clarified. If the latter, I think that's incorrect, per this article.