By Boye Lafayette De Mente
The chinese language: knowing a humans and their tradition via keywords and language.
The chinese language Mind pinpoints components of China's conventional values and behaviors that play an important function within the company and social relationships of the chinese language. It additionally identifies key parts of chinese language tradition that experience replaced end result of the adoption of a market-based economic system and different parts of Western tradition. It comprises dialogue themes and questions, besides an intensive number of chinese language "code phrases" that specify the essence and function of key parts of the conventional tradition that experience survived into sleek occasions. protecting every thing from the significance of Confucius, the good chinese language thinker, to the impact of overseas quick meals and games, this booklet presents a wide-ranging glimpse into the doubtless opaque chinese language mind.
The chinese language Mind is a wonderful review of chinese language culture, background, and tradition that's excellent for the school room, travelers or outsiders dwelling or doing enterprise in China. many of the important options explored right here include:
- Yin and Yang, the quest for stability in all things
- Mianji, the significance of face
- Hong, taking a look at issues holistically
- De, the facility of virtue
- Guo cui, the nationwide essence of the Chinese
- Zhong fu, the pursuit of insight
- Bi, cohesion the chinese language way
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