The Chinese Mind

The Chinese Mind : Understanding Contemporary Chinese Culture

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A 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. The most vital concepts for understanding China and the Chinese are explored here, including: Yin and Yang - the search for balance in all things, Mianji - the importance of face, Hong - looking at things holistically, De - the power of virtue, Guo cui - the national essence of the Chinese, Zhong fu - the pursuit of insight, and, Bi - unity the Chinese way.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 Chinese 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 Chinese more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Tuttle Publishing
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0804840113
  • 9780804840118
  • 194,438

About Boye Lafayette De Mente

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 more

Customer reviews

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!show more
by James Hodson