The Cambridge companion to modern Chinese culture /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Louie, Kam.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Series: Cambridge companions to culture.
Online Access: Online version
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Modern Chinese culture is a hybrid of tradition, reform, and innovation--complex, heterogeneous, vague, and constantly influenced and shaped by the forces of globalization. Louie (Univ. of Hong Kong) makes 1900 the starting point of modern China, because it was a time when "interaction between Chinese and Western ideas fired the imagination of a whole generation" well grounded in traditional Chinese learning. "Chinese" is part imperial past and part present predominantly represented by ethnic Han, but it includes Chinese diasporas and more than 50 other domestic ethnic groups with their own languages, mores, and life-styles. "Culture" generically describes how people live, play, and think; yet culture is often values created, shared, and used for purposes that include political ends, such as national solidification and national aspiration. Seventeen distinguished scholars contribute articles on a wide range of topics: social/political developments, national identity, gender, ethnicity, Chinese diaspora, socialism, religion, language, literature, music, art, cinema, mass media, physical culture, and the Olympics. There are 11 illustrations, two tables, an 8-page chronology from 1895 to 2008, and a 16-page appendix of Chinese phrases in pinyin and characters. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division students and above. H. T. Wong emeritus, Eastern Washington University

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