China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society

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Strategic Book Publishing, 2009 - China - 244 pages
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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Chapter 1China
Chapter 2Hong Kong
Chapter 3Macau
Chapter 4Taiwan
Chapter 5Overseas Chinese
Chapter 17Confucius
Chapter 18Confucianism
Chapter 19Laozi and the Dao De Jing
Chapter 20Daoism
Chapter 21Popular Religion
Chapter 22Buddhism
Chapter 23Islam

Chapter 6History I
Chapter 8Literature I
Chapter 10Painting
Chapter 11Calligraphy
Chapter 12Architecture
Chapter 13Chinaware
Chapter 14Medicine
Chapter 15Calendar and Festivals
Chapter 16Marvels
Chapter 24Christianity
CHINA TODAYAND TOMORROW Chapter 25Chinas Changing Society
Chapter 26Education
Chapter 27Chinese Character
Chapter 28China and America
Chapter 29Olympic Scoreboard
Chapter 30Chinas Future
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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 ( and of China Institute ( 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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