Teach Yourself Chinese Language, Life, and Culture

Teach Yourself Chinese Language, Life, and Culture

by Kenneth Wilkinson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071407137
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionxi
Pronouncing Chinese wordsxiii
Acronymsxiv
Part 1The Making of China
1The making of China1
The land and climate1
Features of the land3
Wildlife3
Rivers4
The people and their history5
The four most important political figures of the 20th century16
The pattern of Chinese history19
2The languages of China22
Early Chinese22
The evolution of characters22
What exactly are Chinese characters?23
Spoken Chinese25
The evolution of standard Chinese26
The main Chinese languages29
Recent advances and the future of modern Chinese31
Non-Chinese languages32
A closer look at Chinese33
First steps in writing Chinese35
First steps in speaking Chinese36
Grammar37
Some tips for learning Chinese40
Part 2Creative China
3Chinese religion and philosophy42
Beliefs of the Chinese42
Confucianism43
Daoism48
Buddhism52
The three teachings today58
Traditional beliefs58
Adopted belief systems61
4Festivals and folklore65
The solar calendar65
Festivals and the traditional Chinese year66
The Chinese zodiac69
Symbols in Chinese culture75
Lucky charms and talismans77
Fortune telling78
Blood type81
5Literature84
Background84
History writing86
Philosophy86
Poetry89
Calligraphy92
Novels93
Modern literature94
Today's Chinese literature97
6Entertainment103
Theatre103
Film107
Television113
Radio114
Opera114
Traditional music118
Pop music122
7Art and architecture129
Painting129
Architecture135
Part 3Living in china now
8Creativity in other spheres147
Food147
Tea154
Crafts154
Ingenuity156
9The basics for living164
Education164
Health170
10Work and play182
Industry183
Agriculture185
Leisure187
Qi Gong190
11Politics196
The party: peasants in power?196
The state197
The structure of government197
China in the world202
The media204
Sport and politics205
12People and society209
Family209
Groups210
Contacts211
Face212
Sexuality and marriage213
Population control214
Women215
Emotion and expression216
Competition219
Ridicule219
Humour and wit220
Foreigners and racism221
13The future225
Problems facing the economy226
Ethnic issues226
Ideological contortions227
Greater China227
War228
Society228
Conclusion228
AppendixChinese history-a quick reference230
Index231

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