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Age Of Empires: Art Of The Qin And Han DynastiesAge Of Empires: Art Of The Qin And Han Dynasties by Zhixin Jason Sun

The first in-depth exploration of the artistic and cultural achievements of China's "classical" era Age of Empires presents the art and culture of China during one of the most critical periods of its history - the four centuries from 221 B.C. to A.D. 200 - when, for the first time, people of diverse backgrounds were brought together under centralized imperial rule that fostered a new and unified identity. Over 150 works from across the full breadth of Chinese artistic and decorative media - including ceramics, metalwork, textiles, armor, sculpture, and jewelry - are featured in this book. Essays by leading scholars, accompanied by dazzling new photography of the objects, address the sweeping societal changes underway, and trace a progression from the early, formative years through unprecedented sophistication and technical accomplishment-embodied in an artistic legacy that reverberates in China's national identity to this day.

Conflict And Commerce In Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family And The Shaping Of The Modern World, C. 1620-1720Conflict And Commerce In Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family And The Shaping Of The Modern World, C. 1620-1720 by Xing Hang

The Zheng family of merchants and militarists emerged from the tumultuous seventeenth century amid a severe economic depression, a harrowing dynastic transition from the ethnic Chinese Ming to the Manchu Qing, and the first wave of European expansion into East Asia. Under four generations of leaders over six decades, the Zheng had come to dominate trade across the China Seas. Their average annual earnings matched, and at times exceeded, those of their fiercest rivals: the Dutch East India Company. Although nominally loyal to the Ming in its doomed struggle against the Manchus, the Zheng eventually forged an autonomous territorial state based on Taiwan with the potential to encompass the family's entire economic sphere of influence. Through the story of the Zheng, Xing Hang provides a fresh perspective on the economic divergence of early modern China from western Europe, its twenty-first-century resurgence, and the meaning of a Chinese identity outside China.

Ming China And Vietnam: Negotiating Borders In Early Modern AsiaMing China And Vietnam: Negotiating Borders In Early Modern Asia by Baldanza, Kathlene

Studies of Sino-Viet relations have traditionally focused on Chinese aggression and Vietnamese resistance, or have assumed out-of-date ideas about Sinicization and the tributary system. They have limited themselves to national historical traditions, doing little to reach beyond the border. Ming China and Vietnam, by contrast, relies on sources and viewpoints from both sides of the border, for a truly transnational history of Sino-Viet relations. Kathlene Baldanza offers a detailed examination of geopolitical and cultural relations between Ming China (1368-1644) and Dai Viet, the state that would go on to become Vietnam. She highlights the internal debates and external alliances that characterized their diplomatic and military relations in the pre-modern period, showing especially that Vietnamese patronage of East Asian classical culture posed an ideological threat to Chinese states. Baldanza presents an analysis of seven linked biographies of Chinese and Vietnamese border-crossers whose lives illustrate the entangled histories of those countries.

Entangled Landscapes: Early Modern China And EuropeEntangled Landscapes: Early Modern China And Europe by Yue Zhuang & Andrea M. Riemenschnitter

Entangled Landscapes focuses on the exchange of ideas of landscape practice between Europe and China in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Yue Zhuang and Andrea M. Riemenschnitter explore this through three themes - empire-building, mediators' constraints, and aesthetic negotiations. They challenge our assumptions about how China and Europe influenced one another and go beyond well-documented outcomes like the jardin anglo-chinois and Europeenerie styles. Interdisciplinary and revisionist, this brings the critical spirit of postcolonial studies to art history and will appeal to scholars in fields such as comparative literature and visual culture, history, and human geography.

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.

Water Kingdom, The: A Secret History Of ChinaWater Kingdom, The: A Secret History Of China by Ball, Philip

Selected as a Book of the Year by The Times and The Economist. China's history is an epic tapestry of courtly philosophies, warring factions and imperial intrigue. Yet, over five thousand years, one ancient element has so dramatically shaped the country's fate that it remains the key to unlocking China's story. That element is water. In The Water Kingdom Philip Ball takes us on a grand tour of China's defining element, from the rice terraces and towering karts of its battle-worn waterways, to the vast engineering projects that have struggled to contain water's wrath. What surfaces is the secret history of a people and a nation, drawn from its deep reverence for nature's most dynamic force.

Yo-Yo Diplomacy - Tom Plate On Asia: An American Columnist Tackles The Ups-And-Downs Between China And The UsYo-Yo Diplomacy - Tom Plate On Asia: An American Columnist Tackles The Ups-And-Downs Between China And The Us by Plate, Tom

The third of the "Tom Plate on Asia" series, Yo-Yo Diplomacy compiles the compelling and insightful columns on Asia by award-winning journalist Tom Plate over the past two years. From tensions in the South China Sea to China's stock market turbulence and Hong Kong's bookseller saga, the veteran columnist continues to examine the rise of Asia and the role of America in this dynamic and diverse region. This is an informative and readable anthology that would prove valuable not only political and current affairs commentators, but also to the layperson wishing to learn more about pivotal developments in the Asia-Pacific region.

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".