Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture

ISBN-10: 0521681901
ISBN-13: 9780521681902
Edition: 2008
Authors: Kam Louie
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

At the start of the twenty-first century, China is poised to become a major global power. Understanding its culture is more important than ever before for western audiences, but for many, China remains a mysterious and exotic country. This Companion explains key aspects of modern Chinese culture without assuming prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language. The volume acknowledges the interconnected nature of the different cultural forms, from high culture such as literature, religion and philosophy to more popular issues such as sport, cinema, performance and the internet. Each chapter is written by a world expert in the field. Invaluable for students of Chinese studies, this book includes a glossary of key terms, a chronology and a guide to further reading. For the interested reader or traveler, it reveals a dynamic, diverse and fascinating culture, many aspects of which are now elucidated in English for the first time.

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology of major events
List of abbreviations
Defining modern Chinese culture
Social and political developments: the making of the twentieth-century Chinese state
Historical consciousness and national identity
Gender in modern Chinese culture
Ethnicity and Chinese identity: ethnographic insight and political positioning
Flag, flame and embers: diaspora cultures
Modernizing Confucianism and 'new Confucianism'
Socialism in China: a historical overview
Chinese religious traditions from 1900-2005: an overview
Languages in a modernizing China
The revolutionary tradition in modern Chinese literature
The involutionary tradition in modern Chinese literature
Music and performing arts: tradition, reform and political and social relevance
Revolutions in vision: Chinese art and the experience of modernity
Cinema: from foreign import to global brand
Media boom and cyber culture: television and the Internet in China
Physical culture, sports and the Olympics
Appendix
Index

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