The Chinese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Chinese Culture (Paperback)
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DescriptionA fascinating examination of contemporary Chinese culture, "The Chinese Mind" offers an informative, accessible look at the values, attitudes and behavior patterns of modern China--and their roots in the history of this ancient nation. This excellent overview of Chinese tradition, history and culture is perfect for the classroom, for tourists or outsiders living or doing business in China, and for inspiring discussion among readers. Covering everything from the importance of Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, to the influence of foreign fast food and video games, this book provides a wide-ranging glimpse into the seemingly opaque Chinese mind.
- Published: 23 March 2009
- Format: Paperback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780804840118 ISBN 10: 0804840113
- Sales rank: 153,260
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Reviews for The Chinese Mind
Excellent introduction, but don't quote him...
This book is great as an introduction to Chinese thinking. It's especially good as a STARTING point of topics for discussion with Chinese friends. I'm writing this review from a coffee shop in china, and many of the things he discusses are insightful and accurate, however there are a few drawbacks. Firstly the book is extremely American-centric, and often has the feel of a culture handbook for businessmen. Second, he seems to draw some biased conclusions from elements of chinas history (I'm not a Sinologist, but you can judge for yourself about Mao and his interest in womens rights). Thirdly, the "discussion topics" are usually insipid and frustratingly leading, although still worth reading (even if you don't discuss them). On the whole it's a concise and readable overview of the difference between essentially western thought (he annoyingly constantly says "American" thought) and Chinese thought, although my recommendation would be to use this as a list of juicy and interesting discussion points you can use when talking with ACTUAL Chinese people, and anyway, the latter is more fun! by James Hodson