The Chinese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Chinese Culture

The Chinese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Chinese Culture

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By (author) Boye Lafayette De Mente

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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: 198,176

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The Chinese: understanding a people and their culture through key words and language. "The Chinese Mind" pinpoints areas of China's traditional values and behaviors that play a significant role in the business and social relationships of the Chinese. It also identifies key areas of Chinese culture that have changed as a result of the adoption of a market-based economy and other elements of Western culture. It includes discussion topics and questions, along with an extensive selection of Chinese "code words" that explain the essence and role of key elements of the traditional culture that have survived into modern times. 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. "The Chinese Mind" is an excellent overview of Chinese tradition, history, and culture that is perfect for the classroom, tourists or outsiders living or doing business in China. Some of the vital concepts explored here include: Yin and Yang, the search for balance in all thingsMianji, the importance of faceHong, looking at things holisticallyDe, the power of virtueGuo cui, the national essence of the ChineseZhong fu, the pursuit of insightBi, unity the Chinese way

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Author information

Boye Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, and Korea since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, trade journalist, editor, and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (now Thunderbird: The School of Global Management). His 70-plus books include "Etiquette Guide to China, Instant Chinese" and "Survival Chinese."

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By James Hodson 22 Jan 2012 4

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!