Food and Festivals of China

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Have you ever seen the boisterous lion dances or heard the multitude of fire crackers in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year? Did you ever wonder what land of festivals and holidays the Chinese people celebrate?

This book takes a look at the fascinating world of Chinese food and festivals. It introduces the most popular traditional festivals celebrated by Chinese people all over the globe, including the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), the Dragon Boat, Festival, the ...

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Overview

Have you ever seen the boisterous lion dances or heard the multitude of fire crackers in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year? Did you ever wonder what land of festivals and holidays the Chinese people celebrate?

This book takes a look at the fascinating world of Chinese food and festivals. It introduces the most popular traditional festivals celebrated by Chinese people all over the globe, including the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), the Dragon Boat, Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and two "festivals of the dead." It also examines intriguing ethnic festivals celebrated by some of China's 55 officially recognized minority peoples. Discover the customs, legends, and traditional food and treats of these festivals. Share the excitement of the celebration with one-fifth of the world's population, and enjoy the liveliest component of a 4,000-year-old civilization!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
As a solid overview of cultural, political, economic, and geographical features of a gigantic country, China, "The Emerging Superpower" series is geared for high school students to widen their horizons without overwhelming them. In no way is the series claiming to be a comprehensive resource for an in-depth researcher, but yet has purposeful inclusion of key features to clear up misconceptions about the cultural divides of China. As specifically compared to the diversity of a much younger United States and also the significant interdependence of the two countries, this particular book describes more festivals, celebrations, and holidays than about Chinese cuisine for example. It opens with a frank discussion by the author to bring readers directly into the lives of this vast Asian country to clarify the scope of the seven chapters by describing how multiple generations are covered including present times. Of special interest are distinctive text boxes to highlight and categorize important data along with colorful photographs of the Chinese people who belong to numerous ethnic groups. Reference additions at the conclusion of each book broaden youngsters' understanding of the material. There is a glossary; listing of major Chinese festivals, holidays, and observances; further reading; Internet resources; and a lengthy index. Numerous extensions are readily available through this series, or simply by utilizing an individual book to increase greater understanding of China throughout its long history. Reviewer: Susan Treadway
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Marissa Wolf
China: The Emerging Superpower consists of ten concise, high-quality books written by respected researchers, authors, and professors. Each book has a specific focus, such as The History Of Modern China, Ancient History Of China, and Food And Festivals Of China. Other books discuss China’s art, architecture, politics, economy, and people. It is stated in the foreword by the series’ editor that China has a complex history, and while the Chinese learn about the United States from a young age, the reverse is not always true. The series’ goal is to provide information about China to students in an organized and accessible way. Teens looking for textbook-quality information will not be disappointed with this series. Full-color illustrations, topic headings, “Fast Fact” boxes, an index, glossary, web resources, and compact sizing (averaging 120 pages each) make this a good choice for cover-to-cover reading or for easily finding information. While the books are part of a series, individual titles can be ordered depending on the needs of your readers. Food And Festivals Of China, for example, has wide general appeal and is a topic that is almost always included when students are asked to research other cultures. This series, and its individual titles, is highly recommended for libraries seeking to start or enhance their collection on China. (China: The Emerging Superpower) Reviewer: Marissa Wolf; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature
If you have ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant you probably are aware of the rich culinary heritage that is rooted in that nation's culture. Chinese food is among the most popular international cuisines and is consumed by billions of people every day. Similarly, China is a land of numerous celebrations, festivals, and feasts, many of which feature particular traditional dishes. In this volume in the illustrated "China" series, readers are provided glimpses of some of the most prominent elements of this aspect of Chinese society. In this colorfully illustrated book, author Yan Liao presents some of the central features of both Chinese cooking and the celebrations that typify life in that land. Throughout the text, readers are provided ample background to more readily understand these fascinating elements of Chinese life. Nevertheless, in the end, this is a rather flat reading experience. Yan Liao has a fine knowledge base and while his writing is full of information it lacks cohesion. This is a book that offers many facts without a literary voice. Further, occupied people, such as the Tibetans, are presented as part of the happy Chinese family of ethnic groups. This presentation is at best an oversight and at worst a distortion. 2006, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422221594
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Overview: Windows to Culture 13

2 Chinese Food 21

3 The Spring Festival 35

4 The Dragon Boat Festival 57

5 The Mid-Autumn Festival 69

6 Clear Brightness, the Ghost Festival, Qiqiao, and Chongyang 81

7 Four Ethnic Festivals 97

Glossary 108

Calendars of Major Chinese Festivals, Holidays, and Observances 109

Further Reading 112

Internet Resources 113

Index 114

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