China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture

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Penguin, 2007 - Travel - 292 pages
A practical and accessible guide to an ancient but rapidly changing culture

Perfect for business and armchair travelers alike, China A to Z explains the customs, culture, and etiquette essential for any trip or for anyone wanting to understand this complex country. In one hundred brief, reader-friendly chapters, alphabetized by subject, China A to Z introduces a general audience to contemporary Chinese society, as well as its venerable history. Discover:
? Why Chinese names are written in reverse order
? What to bring when visiting a Chinese household
? What the current relationship is between Japan and China
? Why you should wrap gifts in red or pink paper, and never send white flowers

With the 2008 Summer Olympics being held in Beijing, thousands of Chinese adoptions occurring each year, and China becoming the fourth most popular international destination, the need for information about this complex country is greater than ever.

 

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While the book does contain a fair bit of useful information, the presentation leaves much to be desired. The seemingly randomly selected topics are arranged alphabetically, thus making the book more ... Read full review

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A father-and-daughter team who between them have published many books on Asia (e.g.,The Girl from Purple Mountain ) here provides 100 A-to-Z chapters offering extensive coverage of practical Chinese ... Read full review

Contents

Animals
1
Architecture
4
Banquets
7
Bargaining
13
Beijing
15
Body Language
18
Buddhism
21
Canton Guangzhou
24
Food
101
Visiting a Home 253
114
Gong Li
115
Guomindang Kuomintang or KMT
128
Human Rights
142
Peng
155
Macau
161
Martial Arts
169

Cars
27
Chiang Kaishek
29
Children
31
Chinese Communist Party
33
Chongqing
36
Colors
38
Confucianism
41
Corruption
44
Cultural Revolution
47
Dalai Lama
52
Daoism
54
Deng Xiaoping
56
Dialects
59
Ethnic Minorities
73
Feng Shui
88
Music
176
Nanjing
182
One Child Policy
188
Peking Opera
194
Public Displays of Affection
201
Respect for Elders
209
Shopping
216
The Soong Sisters
223
Sun Yatsen
231
Three Gorges Dam
240
Tibet
246
Wen Jiabao
256
Index
279
Lu Xun Lu Hsiin 159
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About the author (2007)

MAY-LEE CHAI is the author of five books, including The Girl from Purple Mountain (coauthored with her father, Winberg Chai). She has a masterĀ's degree from Yale University in East Asian studies and has studied and worked in China.
WINBERG CHAI was born in Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. from New York University and is the author of more than twenty books on China. When not teaching in the United States, he lectures frequently in China.

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