The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox / Edition 1

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Overview

According to the principles of yin and yang, life is governed by the coexistence of two opposites that complete each other in order to create harmony. In many ways, this concept can help us understand the advantages and drawbacks of American customs and values as perceived by Asians. Dr. Eun Kim's The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox takes an Eastern view of America and discusses various facets of its culture by exploring the yang (virtue) and yin (vice) of these various traits. Drawing upon decades of history, general wisdom, proverbs, personal experiences, anecdotes and quotes from Asians and Americans, Kim presents a highly personal and readable book that candidly addresses American traits when compared to Asian customs and values. Intended for both American and Asian audiences, The Yin and Yang of American Culture will dispel any misconceptions with its grounded analysis of American culture, helping to build mutual understanding among Asians and Americans alike. In her book The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox, Dr. Eun Young Kim has presented a crisp composite picture of American cultural traits and values. For people who think it is not possible to make cultural generalizations about Americans, this book will be an eye-opener. Dr. Kim has demonstrated the value of stepping outside of one's own culture in order to view it from the perspective of another cultural group. By seeing themselves as many Asians see them, Americans can begin to understand both the positive and more problematic aspects of their image globally. Rich with examples, personal stories and cross-cultural insight, this book is a significant contribution to the cross-cultural field at a time when global cross-cultural understanding is no longer a luxury.
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Editorial Reviews

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For those Americans who wish to follow the adage, 'Know thyself, this straightforward book can be a guide. —Deena Levine & Associates

Since September 11, we've read a lot of articles that analyze 'Why They Hate Us. But, even though there's no denying many people around the world do hate America, a 'love-hate' attitude actually is more prevalent, argues Eun Y. Kim. There are plenty of practical reasons to read this book. Americans do business around the world and welcome millions of visitors and immigrants each year. But it's also just plain fun to see ourselves through the eyes of others. —Mike Revzin, Journal Constitution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877864858
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,117,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Eun Y. Kim is president of CEO International, an international management consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. Kim has worked in the U.S. and Asia as a management and communications consultant for many years and is the author of seven books and numerous articles on business and cross-cultural communication.
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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Introduction
Part 1 The Yang of American Culture: Celebration of American Virtues
Part 2 The Yin of American Culture: Liberation of American Vices
Part 3 Invitation to Global Virtues
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