Boye Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, and Korea since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, trade journalist, editor, and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (now Thunderbird: The School of Global Management). His 70-plus books include Etiquette Guide to China, Instant Chinese and Survival Chinese.
The Chinese Mind: Understanding Traditional Chinese Beliefs and their Influence on Contemporary Cultureby Boye Lafayette De Mente
The Chinese Mind pinpoints areas of China's traditional values and behaviors that play a significant role in the business and social relationships of the Chinese. It also identifies key areas of Chinese culture that have changed as a result of the adoption of a/i>/b>
The Chinese: understanding a people and their culture through key words and language.
The Chinese Mind pinpoints areas of China's traditional values and behaviors that play a significant role in the business and social relationships of the Chinese. It also identifies key areas of Chinese culture that have changed as a result of the adoption of a market-based economy and other elements of Western culture. It includes discussion topics and questions, along with an extensive selection of Chinese "code words" that explain the essence and role of key elements of the traditional culture that have survived into modern times. 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.
The Chinese Mind is an excellent overview of Chinese tradition, history, and culture that is perfect for the classroom, tourists or outsiders living or doing business in China. Some of the vital concepts explored here include:
- Yin and Yang, the search for balance in all things
- Mianji, the importance of face
- Hong, looking at things holistically
- De, the power of virtue
- Guo cui, the national essence of the Chinese
- Zhong fu, the pursuit of insight
- Bi, unity the Chinese way
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The book is a grab bag introduction to the complex subject of China and the Chinese people and mostly does a good job. However its tone of disparagement towards alll aspects of modern Western culture provides an unwonted subtext. The book should really spend less time asking questions and more time providing answers. "What is yin and yang"? Well i could answer better if you'd give me some examples or a longer explanation. Also if you are attempting to explain phonetics, the tacit assumption is that every reader has exactly the same accent as the author. Manifestly a poor assumption.