9789679789270

Chinese Dimensions : Their Roots, Mindset and Psyche

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    9789679789270

  • ISBN10:

    9679789276

  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-06-30
  • Publisher: Coronet Books Inc
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Summary

"The book explores Chinese history in chronological order as well as the key personalities involved. Events in history influence present thinking while the personalities serve as role models to generations of Chinese. Readers would gain an insight into quotations etched in the Chinese mindset, including proverbs, sayings, poems, and extracts from Confucius, Laozi, Sunzi as well as others. Concepts peculiar to the Chinese psyche are explained in an easy-to-understand manner, centering on yin-yang, the five determinant elements and the I-ching. Collectively they impact on a whole spectrum of uniquely Chinese cultural practices such as the Chinese zodiac, fengshui, pillars of destiny analysis, divination, self-cultivation as well as Chinese medicine."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Messages vii
Acknowledgement xi
Introduction xviii
Crossing the Ocean
1(8)
Crossing the Oceans
1(1)
The Ethnic Chinese
2(2)
Ethnic Identity
4(1)
Profiling the Ethnic Chinese
4(1)
Country of Origin
4(1)
Name
4(1)
Language
5(1)
Religion
6(1)
Cultural Heritage
6(1)
Political Doctrine
6(1)
Physical Features
6(1)
A Chinese Profile?
7(1)
Ethnic Chinese Identity
7(1)
Similar yet Different
8(1)
Cultural Roots -- Chinese Names
9(46)
Getting the Name Right
9(1)
Names that Tell a Story
9(1)
Chinese Naming Structure
10(1)
Christian Names
11(1)
Same Word After All
12(1)
The Origin of Chinese Surnames
13(1)
Common Chinese Surnames
14(1)
Top Hundred Surnames
15(1)
Meaning of Chinese Surnames
16(2)
Surname Listing by Pinyin, in Alphabetical Order
18(17)
English Spellings
35(1)
Given Names
36(1)
Siblings
36(1)
Three Hundred and Sixty-Six Common Given Names
37(13)
Naming Word Combinations
50(2)
Interpreting Chinese Names
52(1)
Adopting a Chinese name
53(2)
Cultural Roots -- The Chinese language
55(40)
A Snapshot of the Chinese Language
55(1)
Words from Pictures
56(3)
Evolution of Characters
59(1)
Character Forms
59(1)
Further Development
60(1)
Structure of Chinese Characters
60(1)
Sequence of Strokes
61(1)
Example of a Stroke Sequence
62(1)
Top to Bottom, Right to Left
63(1)
Simplification of Chinese Characters
63(1)
Calligraphy
64(1)
Chinese Character Radicals
65(6)
Most Common Word Radicals
71(1)
Word Radical in Everyday Use
72(1)
Other Applications
73(1)
Radical Arrangement
73(1)
Complexity of Characters
74(1)
Computer Fonts
75(1)
Chinese Pronunciation
76(1)
Pinyin
76(1)
Pronunciation System
76(1)
Consonants
76(2)
Vowels and Their Combinations
78(3)
Intonations
81(1)
Comparison of Pinyin and Zhuyin
82(1)
Pinyin Pronunciation Chart
83(2)
Pinyin Guidelines
85(1)
Associated Sound or Meanings?
85(1)
One Word, Two Meanings
86(1)
Chinese Grammar
87(1)
Creating New Vocabulary
88(1)
Adopting New Concepts
89(1)
Creating New Words
89(1)
Printing in Chinese
90(1)
Digital Era of Chinese Language
90(1)
Learning Chinese
91(4)
Cultural Roots -- Land of Origin
95(29)
Chinese Dialects
96(1)
Overseas Chinese Dialects
97(1)
A Glimpse of Where The Overseas Chinese Come From
97(2)
Fujian Province
99(1)
Southern Fujian
100(1)
Northern Fujian
101(1)
Eastern Fujian
101(1)
Central Fujian
102(1)
Western Fujian: The Hakkas
102(1)
Fujian Geography
103(2)
Guangdong Province
105(2)
Cantonese
107(1)
Teochew Dialect
108(1)
The Hakka Dialect
109(1)
The `Four Towns' Dialect
109(1)
Guangdong Geography
109(4)
Hainan Island
113(2)
Hainan Geography
115(1)
Guangxi Province
116(1)
Guangxi Geography
117(4)
A Note on The Hakkas
121(1)
Multidialectal Chinese
122(1)
Future Trend
122(1)
Dialects of Love
123(1)
Source of Culture Mindset: History at Play
124(62)
A Brief Tour to 5,000 Years of History
125(2)
Chronology of Chinese History
127(1)
Legendary Emperors
127(1)
Xia Dynasty
128(1)
Shang Dynasty
128(1)
Zhou Dynasty
129(1)
Spring and Autumn
129(2)
Warring States
131(1)
Qin Empire
132(1)
Han Dynasty
133(1)
Western Han
133(2)
Xin
135(1)
Eastern Han
135(2)
Three Kingdoms
137(1)
Jin
138(1)
Southern Dynasties
139(1)
Northern Dynasties
139(1)
Sui Dynasty
140(1)
Tang Dynasty
141(2)
Five Dynasties
143(1)
Song Dynasty
143(2)
Yuan Dynasty
145(1)
Ming Dynasty
146(2)
Qing Dynasty
148(2)
Republic of China
150(1)
People's Republic of China
150(1)
Notable Personalities in Chinese History
150(30)
Economic and Technology Imperatives
180(2)
The Technology Decline
182(1)
Other Important Events
183(3)
The Chinese Mindset, Collective Wisdom from Centuries of Publications
186(81)
Words of Wisdom
186(1)
Proverbs
187(1)
Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Commonly Used Proverbs
188(38)
Chinese Literature
226(1)
Quotable Quotes
226(1)
Education
227(4)
Government
231(3)
Military
234(1)
The Thirty-Six Stratagems
234(5)
Sunzi's Art of War
239(6)
Popular Reading Materials
245(11)
Chinese Poetry
256(6)
Selection of Fifty Poems
262(3)
Coupled Poems (Duilian)
265(2)
Some Cultural Practice
267(40)
Daodejing
267(8)
Confucius Studies
275(2)
The Analects
277(4)
Great Learning
281(2)
Doctrine of the Mean
283(3)
The Book of Mengzi
286(1)
The Five Classics Scripts
287(1)
The Book of Change
287(1)
The Book of Documents
287(1)
The Book of Odes
287(1)
The Book of Rites
288(1)
The Annals of Spring and Autumn
288(1)
Common Cultural Norms and Practices
288(1)
Culture
288(1)
Chinese Social Etiquettes
289(1)
Hierarchy of Relationships
289(1)
Family Terminology
290(3)
Formal Salutations
293(1)
Formal Titles
293(3)
Basic Social Phraseology
296(4)
Taboos
300(1)
Family
301(1)
Position of Women
302(1)
Gender Differentiation
302(2)
Words of Congratulations
304(3)
In Search of Chinese Psyche --- Revisiting Ancient Paradigms
307(31)
Chinese Cultural Practices
308(1)
The Yin-Yang Theory
309(1)
Yin-Yang and its Endless Creativity
309(1)
Yin-Yang Concepts
310(2)
Practical Implications
312(2)
The Five Determinant Elements
314(1)
Wood
315(1)
Fire
316(1)
Metal
316(1)
Water
316(1)
Earth
317(1)
Application
318(1)
Personality Profiling
318(1)
Wood Personality
318(1)
Fire Personality
318(1)
Earth Personality
319(1)
Metal Personality
320(1)
Water Personality
320(1)
A Place for Everyone
321(1)
Distribution of Five Elements in Space and Time
321(1)
Balance of Forces--Control and Generation
322(1)
Balance of Forces---Control
322(1)
Resistance of Control
322(1)
Balance of Forces---Generation
323(1)
Applications
324(1)
Remedies
324(2)
Applications
326(1)
An Exercise in Restoring Balance
326(2)
Celestial Stems and Terrestrial Branches
328(1)
Celestial Stems
328(1)
Refinement of the Five Determinant Elements
328(5)
Celestial Stem Clashes
333(1)
Terrestrial Branches
334(1)
Combination of Celestial Stems and Terrestrial Branches
334(3)
Relationship between a Celestial Stem and Terrestrial Branch
337(1)
The Pillars of Destiny: An Application of the Ancient Paradigms
338(60)
The Chinese Calendar
339(1)
What is Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?
339(4)
Chinese Zodiac Interpretations
343(2)
Interpretations According to Animal Traits
345(1)
The Rats
345(2)
The Oxen
347(2)
The Tigers
349(2)
The Rabbits
351(2)
The Dragons
353(2)
The Snakes
355(3)
The Horses
358(2)
The Goats
360(1)
The Monkeys
361(2)
The Roosters
363(2)
The Dogs
365(2)
The Pigs
367(2)
When Zodiac Signs Meet
369(1)
Compatibility Charts
369(2)
When Zodiac Signs Clash
371(1)
The Month Pillar
372(2)
The Twenty-Four Period Segments
374(3)
The Day Pillar
377(1)
The Hour Pillar
378(1)
Combining the Four Pillars
379(1)
Analysis of Life Destiny
379(2)
Destiny Analysis
381(1)
Conversion into Tiangan-Dizhi
381(1)
Identify the Determinant Component
382(1)
Analyse Data from Five Elements
382(1)
Establish the Relationship of Components
383(1)
Partners or Competitors
383(1)
Creation
384(1)
Protector
384(1)
Power
385(1)
Wealth
386(2)
Choosing a Career
388(1)
Strength of Determinant Component
388(2)
Determine the Favourable or Unfavourable Circumstances
390(1)
Work Out the Cycle of Destiny
391(3)
The Time Dimension
394(1)
Specific Issues
394(1)
Supplementary Information
395(1)
Matching Individuals
395(1)
Analysis of Nations
396(1)
Leadership Profile
397(1)
Other Interesting Works
397(1)
Living in a Continuously Changing World
398(44)
Yijing
398(1)
Some Interesting Scenarios
399(1)
Cyclic Nature of Events
400(1)
Inherent Propensity for Change
401(1)
Hexagram Presentation
402(1)
Extreme Difficulties
402(2)
Humility
404(1)
Conflict, Opposition
405(2)
Excitement, Joy
407(1)
Contemplation
408(1)
The Hexagrams
409(1)
The Trigrams
410(1)
The Eight Basic Trigrams
411(4)
Time Dimension
415(5)
Feng Shui Representation
420(1)
The Time Dimension
421(1)
When Trigrams Combine
422(1)
Applications
423(1)
Divination
424(1)
Formulating a Question
424(1)
Obtaining Hexagrams
424(1)
Interpreting Hexagrams
425(2)
Analysis of Hexagrams
427(1)
Anatomy of Hexagrams
428(2)
Interpretation of Hexagrams
430(1)
Subject versus Response Line
430(1)
Defining Lines
431(1)
Time of Divination
432(1)
Changing Scenarios
432(1)
Experience Counts
433(1)
Hexagram Names
434(2)
Listing by Sequence
436(1)
Listing by Trigram Combinations
436(2)
Listing by Palaces
438(2)
Study of Yijing
440(2)
Conclusion: What About the Future?
442(3)
Glossary of Chinese terms 445(19)
About the Author 464(2)
Index 466

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