The Chinese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Chinese CulturePaperback
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- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 272g
- Publication date: 23 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: Boston
- ISBN 10: 0804840113
- ISBN 13: 9780804840118
- Sales rank: 178,907
An examination of contemporary Chinese culture, 'The Chinese Mind' offers an informative, accessible look at the values, attitudes, and behaviour patterns of modern China - and their roots in the history of this ancient nation.
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Boye Lafayette De Mente is an acknowledged authority on Asia and the author of more than 30 books, including "Etiquette Guide to China, Instant Chinese" and "Survival Chinese."
By James Hodson 22 Jan 2012
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!