Chinese Mind Understanding Traditional Chinese Beliefs and Their Influence on Contemporary Culture

ISBN-10: 0804840113

ISBN-13: 9780804840118

Edition: 2009

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A fascinating examination of contemporary Chinese culture, The Chinese Mind offers an informative, accessible look at the values, attitudes, and behavior patterns of modern China--and their roots in the history of this ancient nation. This excellent overview of Chinese tradition, history, and culture is perfect for the classroom, for tourists or outsiders living or doing business in China, and for inspiring discussion among Chinese readers. Covering everything from the importance of Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, to the influence of foreign fast food and video games, this book provides a wide-ranging glimpse into the seemingly opaque Chinese mind.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 3/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Boye Lafayette De Mente worked for several years as an editor of newspapers and magazines in Tokyo and has written many books on Asian language and culture, including Survival Japanese, Asian Face Reading, Kata, Korean Business Etiquette, Instant Japanese, Business Guide to Japan's Cultural Code Words, Korean Business Ethics, and Instant Korean. He Lives in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Notes on China
The Name of China in Chinese
Origin of the Name China
The Ethnic Makeup of China
The Administrative Makeup of China
The Chinese Language
Writing Chinese in Roman Letters
Pronunciation Guide
The Origin of Cultures
The Foundation of Chinese Culture
The Yin-Yang Principle in Chinese Culture
The Role of Language in Preserving & Transmitting Chinese Culture
The Role of Hanzi (Hahn-jee) in Chinese Culture
The Chinese Language under Assault
The Essence of China's Traditional Culture
China's Vertical Society
The Role of Situational Ethics
The Preference for "Soft No's"
The Chinese Way of Viewing & Using Laws
The Chinese Concept of Time
Emotional Intelligence vs. Rational Intelligence
The Chinese "What" vs. the Western "Why/Because"
The Imperative of Self-Sufficiency
The Role of Formality
The Food Mystique
The Chinese Banquet Tradition
The Ongoing Role of Festivals in China
China's Three Most Important Festivals
The Dragon Boat Race
The Mid-Autumn Festival
Double Ninth Day
The Lantern Festival
The Chinese Lunar Calendar
Birthdays & Weddings
Myths & Superstitions in China
The Feng-Shui Factor
China's Martial Arts Legacy
China's Theatrical Traditions
The Art of Puppetry
The Cultural Role of Calligraphy In Chinese Culture
Literature in Chinese Culture
Contemporary Literature
Religion in Today's China
Chinese Culture Today
Fulfilling 5,000 Years of Suppressed Needs, Wants & Ambitions
The "Get Rich is Glorious" Tipping Point
"Big Brother" is Alive and Thriving
The American Influence on Chinese Culture
The Influence of Computers and the Internet on Chinese Culture
The Second Cultural Revolution
Looking Out for Number One
The New-Age Entrepreneurs
The New Romans
The New-Age Aristocrats
The New Women of China
The Influence of American Movies & Television on Chinese Culture
China's Sexual Revolution
The Influence of the English Language on Chinese Culture
The Games Kids Play
The Influence of Foreign Music
The Inroads of Western Entertainment in China
The Foreign Fast-Food Culture Invades China
The Shopping Scene in Today's China
Fashion Boutiques
Foreign Supermarkets
The Impact of Foreign Sports on Chinese Culture
The Olympic Impact
The Influence of Foreign Celebrities on Chinese Culture
The Automobile Culture In China
Weddings & Marriage in China
Traditional Medicine in China Today
The Marvel of Acupuncture
The Ongoing Importance of Traditional Music
The Cultural Role of China's Traditional Games
The Ubiquitous Mahjong
Rehabilitation of China's Ancient Philosophers
Education in China
The Tourism Welcome Mat Helping to Save China's Traditional Culture
The Weather in China
Smoking in China
China's Gambling Culture
The New Look of China's Military Forces
Key Words that Reveal the Chinese Way of Thinking & Behaving
Bao (Bah-oh) Trading Social Credits
Bi (Bee) Unity the Chinese Way
Budan Xin (Buu-dahn Sheen) Chinese Style Sincerity
Buhe Luoji De (Buu-hay Loo-oh-jee Duh) Look Out for Fuzzy Logic!
Buzhidao (Boo-jee-dah-oh) Avoiding Responsibility!
Cheng (Chuung) The Importance of Personal Loyalty
Chou (Choh-ou) Criticism is Not Taken Lightly!
Daoqian (Dow-chee-inn) The Importance of the Apology
De (Duh) The Saving Grace of Humanity
Di Sam Zhe (Dee Sahn Jay) The Importance of Third Parties
Falu (Fah-luu) Laws in their Chinese Context
Fuze Ren Yuan (Foo-tsuh Wren Yuu-enn) Finding the Responsible Person
Ganjin (Gahn-jeen) The New "Can Do" Chinese
Ge (Guh) Keeping Your Balance During Interesting Times
Gongwei (Goong-way-ee) Beware the Flattery Ploy
Guan (Goo-een)/Contemplating Things Deeply
Guanxi (Gwahn-she) The Role of Personal Connections
Guei Mei (Gway-ee May) Staying Out of Trouble
Guo Cui (Gwah T'sue-ee) The National Essence of the Chinese
Hanyu (Hahn-yuu) China's Secret Code Has Been Cracked
Hong (Hung) Looking at Things Holistically
Hou Men (Hoe-uu Mane) The Famous Back Door
Jiaoliu (Jee-ah-oh-lew) The Role of Mystery in Communicating
Jiaoshu Yuren (Jeeow-shuu Yuu-wren) The Chinese Approach to Learning
Kaolu Kaolu (Kow-luu Kow-luu) A Discreet Way of Saying No
Liangshou Zhunbei (Lee-ing-show Juhn-bay) Two-Handed Preparation
Lunlixue (Loon-lee-shway) Policies Instead of Ethics
Luoji (Luu-oh-jee) How the Chinese View the World
Mei You Ban Fa (May-ee Yoh-ou Bahn Fah) It's Not Going to Happen!
Mianzi (Me-inn-jee) Face Comes First
Mei You (May-ee Yoe-uu) There isn't Any of That!
Qing (Cheeng) Being Clear About Things
Qingke - Yanjiu Yanjiu (Cheen-kuh - Yahn-jew Yahn-jew) Wining and Dining Your Way to Success
Shangding (shahng-deeng) Keep on Negotiating
Shehui Dengji (Shuu-whay Dung-jee) Social Status Still Counts
Sheng (Shung) Impressing Your Chinese Contacts
Shi (She) The Power of Knowledge
Shun (Shune) The "Soft Way" of the Chinese
Si; Ji (Suh; Jee) Principles of Success
Song (Sung) Knowing How to Avoid Conflict
Tai (Tie) When Harmony and Prosperity Prevail
Tai Ji Quan (Tie Jee Chuu-inn) The Great Fist of Health
Wang Ming (Wahn Meeng) The Chinese Obsession to Achieve
Wenhua (Win-whah) The Power of Chinese Culture
Wuwang (Wuu-wahng) The Importance of Innocence
Xiaoguo (She-ow-gwoh) Paying Attention to Details
Xin (Sheen) What You See May Not be What You Get
Xu (Shuu) The Art of Calculated Waiting
Yi (Eee)/Righteousness the Chinese Way
Youyi (Yohh-ee) The Friendship Factor in China
Zhenchengde (Jun-chuung-duh) The Measure of Your Sincerity
Zhengti Guannian (Junng-tee Gwahn-nee-inn) More About the Chinese Way of Thinking Holistically
Zhenshi (June-she) Dealing with Circumstantial Truth
Zhongcheng (Johng-chung) Loyalty in Today's China
Zhong Fu (Chong Foo) The Pursuit of Insight
Zhongguo Tong (Johng-gwoh Tung) The Dangers of Being an Expert
Zhongjian-Ren (johng-jee-inn-Wren) The Very Helpful Go-Betweens
Zou Pengyou (T'su-oh Pung-yoh-ou) You Must Make Friends in China
Selected Bibliography
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