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On Brittle Ground: My China JourneyOn Brittle Ground: My China Journey by Souchou Yao

When Souchou Yao returns in middle age to the Chinese market town he left as a child, he finds that he is both a stranger and a kinsman; at once a tourist and a native son. His encounters with family members who suffered the terror and persecution of Mao's Land Reforms, and his intimate observations of how the new China is still haunted by its past, are interleaved with personal reflections and mixed emotions. Can one justify the sacrifice of millions of lives in building a brave new world? Is destruction the inevitable price of progress? Can an exile ever go home again? On Brittle Ground is a moving chronicle of a journey home and a poignant reminder that new life may spring from catastrophic events, and new fires flicker among the ashes of the old. In Souchou Yao's beautiful prose narrative, unresolved paradoxes give way to the wisdom of acceptance.

Inside The Middle Kingdom: Insights Into Modern China - A Collection Of Personal StoriesInside The Middle Kingdom: Insights Into Modern China - A Collection Of Personal Stories by Geldart, Jonathan

China remains an enigma to many. It is suspended in limbo between media reports and the filtered reality of friends and family visits. This enormous and complex country is either vilified for its shortcomings or praised for its vibrancy, culture and heritage. The truth lies somewhere in between. The stories in this fascinating book unearth the modern-day truths of China, in all its complexity, through the words of those who live there. It is a beguiling series of insights and nuggets of knowledge that will educate, inform and surprise you.

Shanghai: Art Of The CityShanghai: Art Of The City by Knight, Michael And Dany Chan

This stunning art, culture and history book profiles China's most prolific and dynamic city. Lavishly illustrated, this oversized book features 128 oil paintings, Shanghai deco furniture and rugs, revolutionary posters, works of fashion, movie clips and contemporary installations. These artworks, drawn mainly from the collections of the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Art Museum, the Shanghai City History Museum and the Lu Xun Memorial Hall, include the most significant visual documents of the city's rich and ever-changing culture.

Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries From China's Han DynastyTomb Treasures: New Discoveries From China's Han Dynasty by Xu, Jay (Ed.)

This stunning Chinese art book presents almost a hundred recently unearthed objects that offer a glimpse into the extraordinary wealth and artistic accomplishments of elite society during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE). These exquisite treasures are from newly discovered sites in the Jiangsu region of China and are made of gold, silver, jade, bronze, pottery, lacquer, and other refined materials. Masterworks include a full-length jade suit sewn with gold threads, an oversized coffin shrouded in jade, and a complete set of functional bronze bells. The book's texts explore a number of ideas about life and death of Western Han royalty.

Art Of Chinese Flower ArrangementArt Of Chinese Flower Arrangement by Cai Zhongjuan

This colorful flower arranging book features instructions and designs from one of the world's greatest living masters. This book records the origin and development of Chinese flower arrangement. Besides the principle of composition, techniques of modeling, and configuration of flowers and materials, you will also discover the techniques of production and ten actual flower arrangement projects. You can either follow the lessons step by step or capture the ideas and be inspired to develop your own flower arrangement artwork.

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Chinese Style: An Illustrated Stitch GuideSilk Ribbon Embroidery Chinese Style: An Illustrated Stitch Guide by Yuan Weilin

Silk ribbon embroidery is a handicraft that uses colorful and delicate ribbons as the main material to stitch floral patterns on fabric. The patterns are three dimensional with defined layering effect which are suitable to decorate evening gowns, sweaters, cushions, and even craft pictures. This ribbon embroidery book breaks through the traditional style of western silk ribbon embroidery by incorporating traditional Chinese elements such as simple layout with liubai (leaving blank) as well as incorporating the contemporary Chinese art to create silk ribbon embroideries that are unique and ethereal. Readers will find dozens of basic stitching techniques with detailed steps and illustrations that are ranging from small scale decoration on mirror and handheld fan to large scale stitch art.

Illustrated Brief History Of China, An: Culture, Religion, Art, InventionIllustrated Brief History Of China, An: Culture, Religion, Art, Invention by Wang Jian & Fang Xiaoyan

This illustrated Chinese history book takes the reader on a visual journey of the most brilliant and significant segments of Chinese civilization over the course of five thousand years. As a cradle of human civilization, China has maintained its cohesion and cultural identity for thousands of years. With China's historical evolution as a backdrop, Each section focuses on the outstanding achievements of the period it covers and clearly sets out the long-established and profound cultural development of the Chinese nation.

Chinese Dream, The: What It Means For China And The Rest Of The WorldChinese Dream, The: What It Means For China And The Rest Of The World by Ren Xiaosi

The 'Chinese Dream' is a term coined by the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in many of his speeches in China and around the world. Since its first appearance in 2012, the term has generated widespread interest and discussion. What does the 'Chinese Dream' mean for China and the rest of the world? Where does this dream come from, and how different is it from the American Dream? Is the 'Chinese Dream' a quest for the past glories of empire, or is it a desire for peaceful mutual development? How do people in China pursue and fulfill dreams, and how far are they from realizing them? In this book, a team of media experts in China come together to discuss and address these questions extensively, offering a thought-provoking interpretation of the 'Chinese Dream'.

Fung Group At 110, The: Four Generations Of Enterprise And EvolutionFung Group At 110, The: Four Generations Of Enterprise And Evolution by Feng Bang-Yan

Chinese family businesses that continue to thrive for more than a century are few and far in between. Fung Group (formerly Li & Fung Group) from Hong Kong is one of them. Founded in 1906, the group underwent several generations of tough challenges through Fung Pak-liu, Fung Hon-chu, Victor Fung and William Fung during its 110 years of history. The group has developed from a traditional trader in the early founding years and evolved into a modern multinational enterprise, Fung Group, with headquarters in Hong Kong to provide global supply chain management services for its clients through businesses in trading, logistics, distribution and retailing, among others. Using concise and fluent expressions and valuable historical photographs, this book presents the Fung Group's 110 years of development history and experiences, in particular the transformation and expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008, innovative developments in supply chain management, corporate social responsibility as well as the development opportunities and vision under China's 'Belt and Road' Initiative strategy.

Strokes Of Life: The Art Of Chen Chong SweeStrokes Of Life: The Art Of Chen Chong Swee by Low Sze Wee (Ed.); Cai Heng (Ed.)

Chen Chong Swee is acknowledged as one of the earliest artists to have explored depicting Southeast Asian scenes within the medium of traditional Chinese ink painting. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue bears witness to Chen's explorations across the mediums of ink and oil, the influence his immediate surroundings had on his art, and his insistence, above all, that it was impossible to divorce art from life. Full-colour image plates, newly commissioned essays and a biographical timeline of the artist within the catalogue flesh out the inflections of Chen's oeuvre.

Rise Of China And The Chinese Overseas, The: A Study Of Beijing's Changing Policy In Southeast Asia And BeyondRise Of China And The Chinese Overseas, The: A Study Of Beijing's Changing Policy In Southeast Asia And Beyond by Suryadinata, Leo

With the rise of China and massive new migrations, China has adjusted its policy towards the Chinese overseas in Southeast Asia and beyond. This book deals with Beijing's policy which has been a response to the external events involving the Chinese overseas as well as the internal needs of China. It appears that a rising China considers the Chinese overseas as a source of socio-political and economic capital and would extend its protection to them whenever this is not in conflict with its core national interest. The impacts on and the responses of the relevant countries, especially those in Southeast Asia, are also examined.

Routledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-ZRoutledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-Z by Xinzhong Yao (Ed.)

The Encyclopedia, the first of its kind, introduces Confucianism as a whole, with 1,235 entries giving full information on its history, doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, and on the adaptation, transformation and new thinking taking place in China and other Eastern Asian countries. An indispensable source for further study and research for students and scholars.

Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio: Eerie And Fantastic Chinese Stories Of The SupernaturalStrange Tales From A Chinese Studio: Eerie And Fantastic Chinese Stories Of The Supernatural by Pu Songling; Herbert A. Giles (Trans.)

Long considered a masterpiece of the eerie and fantastic, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio is a collection of supernatural-themed tales compiled from ancient Chinese folk stories by Songling Pu in the eighteenth century. Already a true classic of Chinese literature and of supernatural tales in general, this new edition of the Herbert A. Giles translation converts the work to Pinyin for the first time and includes a new foreword by Victoria Cass that properly introduces the book to both readers of Chinese literature and of hair-raising tales best read with the lights turned low on a quiet night.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #16: The Johor Sultanate: Rise Or Re-Emergence?Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #16: The Johor Sultanate: Rise Or Re-Emergence? by Hutchinson, E Francis; Vanda Prakash Nair (Eds.)

Malaysia's sultans have in recent years taken on an increasingly discernible role in the country's political life. However, rather than something new, the rulers' resurgence should be viewed as part of a longer term negotiation over the precise boundaries of their role. The Sultan of Johor, Ibrahim Ismail, is arguably the most visible of the country's rulers at present. While the more ceremonial aspects of his actions are inspired by the pivotal role traditionally played by Malay rulers, the more operational aspects hark back to the colonial era when Johor had a reputation for modern administration, well-developed infrastructure, and a high degree of autonomy. At its core, the Sultan raises questions about Malay leadership, and may revive a long-standing contest between the rulers and the political elite, sometimes referred to as a battle between "princes and politicians".

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #15: The Geopolitics Of Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream - Problems And ProspectsTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #15: The Geopolitics Of Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream - Problems And Prospects by Arase, David

Viewing China's current relations with neighbours in the East Asian littoral from geopolitical and macrohistorical perspectives enables us to evaluate China's current prospects for advancing its "peaceful rise". Today the ruling Communist Party of China articulates a Chinese Dream that envisions a new age of Asian predominance to match China's memory of past golden ages. To realize this dream, China seeks geopolitical predominance in the East Asian littoral. Judging from the foreign policy goals and behaviour pursued by Xi Jinping, China appears likely to govern the region according to its core interests even when this may require other states to give up their lawful sovereign rights and prerogatives.

New History Of Christianity In ChinaNew History Of Christianity In China by Bays, Daniel H.

A New History of Christianity in China, written by one of the world's the leading writers on Christianity in China, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the twentieth century, and charts its future direction. It provides the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China, an important, understudied area in both Asian studies and religious history; traces the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western religion to a thoroughly Chinese religion; contextualizes the growth of Christianity in China within national and local politics; offers a portrait of the complex religious scene in China today; and contrasts China with other non-Western societies where Christianity is surging.

Geek In China, A: Discovering The Land Of Bullet Trains, Alibaba And Dim Sum by Christensen, Matthew

Every year, millions of foreign tourists flock to China-only to find themselves overwhelmed by the complexities of navigating the world's largest and fastest-changing culture. A professor, blogger, and avid China explorer, Matthew Christensen created this invaluable guide to help visitors and armchair travellers see past the exotic-and often erroneous-traditional stereotypes to better understand the real China today. Packed with photographs and short articles on all aspects of Chinese culture, past and present, A Geek in China enables readers to converse with native Chinese on a wide variety of everyday topics. This truly comprehensive guide ranges over essential aspects of Chinese culture, life in modern China, and insights into Chinese thinking.

Cai Lun: The Creator Of Paper - A Story In English And ChineseCai Lun: The Creator Of Paper - A Story In English And Chinese by Li Jian

Cai Lun was called into the Palace to serve the Emperor at the age of 15. He was smart and studied hard. Soon he was promoted to be an attending official in charge of documentation. Until this time, documents were written either on tablets of bamboo strips of on silk where the bamboo strips were heavy and the silk was expensive. Cai Lun was determined to help the Emperor and find another durable material that would be good for writing. Cai Lun began his experiments with all the cheap natural material that he could find such as dry grass, bark, fishnet and old ropes. With the support from the Emperor and the help of the imperial craftsmen, Cai Lun successfully invented "paper" after many attempts. The innovation of paper made it possible to keep records and also paintings.

Magical Rooster, The: A Tale In English And ChineseMagical Rooster, The: A Tale In English And Chinese by Li Jian

Long long ago, there lived a boy named Tang Yun. He studied very hard and was ready to take the imperial exam in the Capital City thousands of miles away. Yun's mother was worried about him traveling alone. After working day and night, she finished hand embroidering a rooster on Yun's outfit, hoping the magical rooster would be her son's guardian angel. During his trip, magic happened whenever Yun was in danger. With a crowing of "cock-a-doodle-doo", the embroidered rooster jumped out of Yun's outfit. The Rooster was alive! Together, Yun and the Rooster overcome many obstacles during their trip.

Aroma's Little Garden by Qin Wenjun; Tony Blishen (Trans.)

Aroma's Little Garden is a beautifully written novel that explores what it is like for a little girl to grow up in 20th century Shanghai,China. Aroma is transmuted into the childhood of the author, seemingly unsure of her stolid norther father's affections and growing in a family that is divided between the southern elegance of her mother and grandmother for whom even a fried egg is a work of art and her father's military background and reluctance to learn the Shanghai dialect. Written by one of contemporary China's most celebrated authors, these are tales of a Chinese child's process to maturity and understanding in the Shanghai of an uncertain past.