Thinking through China

Thinking through China

by Jerusha McCormack, John G. Blair

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In this innovative book Jerusha McCormack and John G. Blair introduce China on its own terms. By explaining ten key concepts that frame the way most Chinese people think about the world, they compare these terms – which don’t translate readily into English – with the ways most of us, as Westerners, think. The book then poses four questions that Westerners routinely ask about China. But rather than answer with Western assumptions, the authors respond using these ten Chinese key words. Not surprisingly, the answers differ in startling ways from standard Western responses.

This intensive bridging work allows those without deep knowledge of China to understand the very different perspectives to be gained by looking at the world through Chinese eyes. As each of the ten words maps out new territory, the premises of a very dissimilar – but equally coherent – world view gradually emerge. Creating a cultural cartography through both text and image, the authors provide readers with a vivid sense of what is uniquely Chinese about China.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442247925
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jerusha McCormack is professor emeritus of English and American literature at University College, Dublin.
John G. Blair is professor emeritus of American literature and civilization at the University of Geneva. For more than a decade, they have been teaching as Foreign Experts in the School of English and International Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Entering a Chinese World
To the Reader

Part I: What Makes China Chinese? Ten Key Words
Chapter 1: Binding Families: Xiào孝
Chapter 2: Selves Located Through Others: Miànzi 面子
Chapter 3: The People Network: Guānxi 关系
Chapter 4: Where’s My Mind? Xīn 心
Chapter 5: The Energy Unifying the World: Qi 气
Chapter 6: Chameleon Reality: Yì 易
Chapter 7: Realizing a Way: Dào 道
Chapter 8: Thinking in Harmony: Hé 和
Chapter 9: The Lurking Threat of Chaos: Luàn 乱
Chapter 10: Strategizing Life: Cèlüè 策略

Part II: Western Questions, Chinese Responses
Chapter 11: Question One: Christianity?
Chapter 12: Question Two: Human Rights?
Chapter 13: Question Three: Democracy?
Chapter 14: Question Four: China Ruling the World?

Part III: Rethinking the West

Appendix: Glossing the Ten Chinese Characters
List of Works Cited
About the Authors

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