China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society

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Strategic Book Publishing, 2009 - China - 244 pages
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As the authors point out, "China has arrived, big time. To ignore the Chinese is foolish." Yet, where does one begin? Getting a handle on China, with its sweeping history and vast cultural diversity, is, for most, a daunting task. China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society provides a much-needed starting point for piecing together the many parts of the complex puzzle that is China. More than simply a guidebook or historical survey, this rich volume bridges geography, culture, politics, and beliefs to present a nuanced picture of a nation that is often misunderstood by those seeking to view it through a Western lens. Whether one is approaching China for the first time or seeking to fill the gaps in one's existing understanding of things Chinese, this book provides an abundance of useful information.
 

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Contents

Introduction
PART IAn Overview
1China
2Hong Kong SAR
3Macau SAR
4Taiwan ROC
5Overseas Chinese
Part IIA Rich Heritage
Part IIIBelief Systems
17Confucius
18Confucianism
19Laozi and the Dao De Jing
20Daoism
21Popular Religion
22Buddhism
23Islam

6History I
7History II
8Literature I
9Literature II
10Painting
11Calligraphy
12Architecture
13Chinaware
14Medicine
15Calendar and Festivals
16Marvels
24Christianity
Part IVChina Today and Tomorrow
25Chinas Changing Society
26Education
27Chinese Character
28China and America
29Olympic Scoreboard
30Chinas Future
Bibliography
About the Authors
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Peter Xiaoming Yu grew up in Shanghai, China, but currently teaches and writes at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His next project is a Chinese calligraphy book he is currently revising. G. Wright Doyle is Director of Global China Center (www.globalchinacenter.org) and of China Institute (www.chinainst.org). He lives in Charlottesville but, like Dr. Yu, often travels to Asia. Their love of Chinese culture and their passion for sharing their knowledge with others have inspired them to co-author this enlightening account of China?s past and present.

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