eBook Understanding China: The Culture of China, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615301836
  • ISBN-13: 9781615301836
  • DDC: 951
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011
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Reverberations of China's diversity and multiethnic heritage are visible in everything from the cuisine and languages to the beliefs and arts of the vast nation. In addition to linking the Chinese to their rich past, a number of these traditions have been absorbed by cultures around the world and have granted many entrée into a nation otherwise far-removed from their own. This volume treats readers to a unique sensory experience, allowing them to better appreciate the sights, sounds, and tastes that have been developed and refined in China for centuries.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: People.
2: Selected Ethnic Groups.
3: Cultural Institutions, Festivals, and Sports in Daily Life.
4: Chinese Cuisine.
5: Emergence of a Cuisine.
6: Common Foods and Traditions.
7: Great Chinese Schools.
8: Chinese Languages and Writing system.
9: Sino-Tibetan.
10: Altaic.
11: Other Languages.
12: Linguistic Characteristics of Sinitic (Chinese) Languages.
13: Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).
14: Standard Cantonese.
15: Min Languages.
16: Other Sinitic Languages or Dialects: Hakka, Wu (Suzhou and Shanghai), and Xiang.
17: Historical Survey of Chinese.
18: The Chinese Writing System.
19: Confucianism.
20: Thought of Confucius.
21: Formation of the Classical Confucian Tradition.
22: Confucian Ethics in the Daoist and Buddhist Context.
23: Modern Transformation.
24: Daoism.
25: Laozi and the Daodejing.
26: Interpretation of Zhuangzi.
27: Basic Concepts of Daoism.
28: Concepts of the Human in Society.
29: Early Eclectic Contributions: Yin-Yang, Qi, and Other Ideas.
30: Daoism in Chinese Culture.
31: Daoism in the Modern Era.
32: Buddhism.
33: Cultural Context.
34: Life of the Buddha.
35: Spread to Central Asia and China.
36: China.
37: Sangha, Society, and State.
38: Mahayana: The Main Chinese Tradition.
39: Vajrayana.
40: Popular Religious Practices.
41: Chinese Art.
42: Art as a Reflection of Chinese Class Structure.
43: Linearity.
44: Characteristic Themes and Symbols.
45: Major Types: Chinese Bronzes.
46: Major Types: Chinese Pottery.
47: Major Types: Chinese Painting.
48: Other Visual Arts: Jade and Lacquerwork.
49: Chinese Music.
50: Ancient Artifacts and Writings.
51: Aesthetic Principles and Extramusical Associations.
52: Tonal System and Its Theoretical Rationalization.
53: Classification of Instruments.
54: Han Dynasty: Musical Events and Foreign Influences.
55: Tang Dynasty.
56: Song and Yuan Dynasties.
57: Ming and Qing Dynasties.
58: Period of the Republic of China and the Sino-Japanese War.
59: Communist Period.
60: Chinese Performing Arts.
61: Formative Period.
62: Tang Period.
63: Song Period.
64: Yuan Period.
65: Ming Period.
66: Qing (Manchu) Period.
67: Twentieth and 21st Centuries.
68: Chinese Architecture.
69: Elements of Traditional Chinese Architecture.
70: Stylistic and Historical Development.
71: Conclusion.
For Further Reading.