It's All Chinese to Me

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-10
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub

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Ready to gain insight into Chinese culture in a fascinating way? This comprehensive introduction to Chinese culture lets you peer into what makes China unique-its people. Firsthand tips, background info, and illustrations give you graphic impressions of the real China, and allow you to get a feel for not only what it's like, but how to survive the cultural differences. You'll find out about:

Author Biography

Pierre Ostrowski studied Chinese at Providence University in Taichung, Taiwan, and has traveled to over twenty Asian countries.

Gwen Penner, the recipient of numerous awards in painting, drawing and printmaking, has spent years living in Asia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. viii
Chinese History (Condensed Version)p. 3
Imperial Chinap. 3
Four Great Inventions of Ancient Chinap. 6
End of the Empirep. 8
Politics and Societyp. 10
Booming China: A Highly Localized Phenomenonp. 11
Emerging Problemsp. 11
Iron Fisted Rulep. 15
Major Influences in Chinese Thought: Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianismp. 20
Taoismp. 21
Buddhismp. 22
Confucianismp. 24
The Confucian Hierarchyp. 25
The Importance of Scholarshipp. 26
The Chinese Education Systemp. 28
University Lifep. 32
Focus on the Familyp. 33
Advantagesp. 34
Disadvantagesp. 34
Rituals and Superstitionsp. 38
Guanxi and Mianzi: Two Concepts Crucial to Understanding Chinese Peoplep. 48
Guanxip. 48
Mianzi: Facep. 54
The Top 12 Ways of Giving or Gaining Facep. 56
The Top 12 Ways of Losing Face or Making Someone Else Lose Facep. 62
Culture Shockp. 68
The Honeymoon Phasep. 69
The Frustration Phasep. 70
The Acceptance and Resignation Phasep. 71
Overcoming Culture Shockp. 72
General Peculiaritiesp. 76
First Impressionsp. 81
Issues of Personal Spacep. 84
Some Common Interactionsp. 87
Standards of Beauty: Male/Female Relationshipsp. 90
Attitudes on Racep. 95
Out and About: Encountering the Peculiarp. 100
Communicationp. 100
Being a Celebrityp. 107
Visiting and Diningp. 110
Shoppingp. 113
Health and Medicinep. 119
Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCMp. 122
Transportation Issuesp. 128
China's Thirst for Oilp. 128
Pollutionp. 129
Safetyp. 130
Public Transportationp. 135
Do's and Don'tsp. 137
Doing Business in Chinap. 151
Business Negotiationsp. 162
Chinese Negotitation Tacticsp. 166
Post-Negotiationsp. 172
Afterword: Beautiful Chinap. 175
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 180
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