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China Winter. Workers, Mandarins, and the Gang of Four

The People's Republic of Chemicals

By Chip Jacobs

William J. Kelly and Chip Jacobs stick to up their acclaimed Smogtown with a provocative examine China's ecological calamity, which makes la' pollution drawback of yesteryear appear like an easy-breathing dream. Toxic smog so much figured was once out of date needlessly kills as many of us there day-by-day because the Sept. 11 assaults, whereas large plumes of Asian contaminants journey the jet circulate to rain down ozone and mercury at the American West Coast. In shiny prose mixing first-person reportage with exhaustive examine and a feeling of karma, Kelly and Jacobs describe China's historic love affair with coal, and the way the Clinton Administration's push to deliver China into the area exchange association speeded up the outsourcing of thousands of manufacturing facility jobs in one other sucker punch to the U.S. heart category. They discover officials' manipulation of Beijing's eco-statistics, the horror of China's "e-waste" and "Cancer" villages, the deception of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and spellbinding peasant revolts opposed to disease-spreading crops that kingdom censors usually muffle. finishing with a profile of China's gargantuan coal-bases, which climatologists decry as an international warming dagger, The People's Republic of Chemicals names names and emphasizes humanity over cold propaganda.

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The Noodle Maker: A Novel

From Mi Jian, the hugely acclaimed chinese language dissident, comes a satirical novel in regards to the absurdities of existence in a post-Tiananmen China.

Two males meet for dinner each one week. Over the process the sort of drunken evenings, the author recounts the tales he might write, had he the braveness: a tender guy buys an outdated kiln and opens a personal crematorium, delighting in his skill to bother the corpses of cops and celebration secretaries, whereas swooning to banned Western tune; a heartbroken actress plays a public suicide by means of moving into the jaws of a wild tiger, watched nonchalantly via her ex-lover. notable characters encourage him, their lives pulled and pummeled by means of destiny and politics, as though they're balls of dough within the arms of an omnipotent noodle maker.

Ma Jian's satirical masterpiece permits us a funny, but profound, glimpse of these suffering to outlive less than a approach that dictates their each move.

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Classic of Poetry with Comments (Chinese classical literature series) (中国古典文学基本丛书:诗经注析)

By 程俊英

  《诗经》是中国文学史上最早的一部诗经总集,分为风、雅、颂三大类,共三百零五篇,历史上又称为“诗三百”这里收集的是周代的作品。
  《诗经》中的风、雅、颂,是根据诗歌的来源和乐调而作的分类。风是富有地方色彩的乐调演唱的是歌,内容反映民间生活,诗句韵味十足,声音短促,叠章复唱,亲切感人。雅,分“大雅”和“小雅”,内容包括政治讽刺诗、史诗、祭祀诗、宴会贺诗等等。颂的内容大多是歌颂统治者和先王的德行,但是大多没有鲜明的特色。
  《诗经》对我国诗歌的发展史有着巨大的贡献。其是周代的诗歌集大成,成为中国古典诗词的源头。各个时代的著名的文学家和诗人,虽然在风格和擅长的艺术形式上各不相同,但是他们都从《诗经》中汲取了无尽的营养。楚国的屈原继承了《诗经》风、雅的现实主义传统,兼采楚国民歌的形式和浪漫主义的色彩,写下了不朽的《楚辞》。自此以后,各种诗歌无不在这丰富的土壤上蓬勃发展。
  《诗经》作为我国第一部诗歌总集,历代注家很多,但大都以儒家经典来研究它。本书作者从恢复其本来面目出发,把《诗经》作为文学艺术作品加以赏析,在各篇的“题解”中写有艺术分析,在各章的注释之后都加有“韵读”一项,以帮助读者正确读音。《中国古典文学基本丛书:诗经注析(套装上下册)》对于《诗经》研究,既成一家言,又集历代诸家之大成。

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Secret of a Thousand Beauties

By Mingmei Yip

Set opposed to the colourful and intrigue-laden backdrop of Nineteen Thirties China, Mingmei Yip's enchanting novel explores one woman's defiant pursuit of independence.

Spring Swallow was once promised in marriage whereas nonetheless in her mother's stomach. whilst the groom dies ahead of a marriage can occur, seventeen-year-old Spring Swallow is ordered to develop into a ghost bride to assuage his spirit. below her in-laws' safety, she's going to be little greater than a servant, not able to understand true love or endure young children. Refusing to simply accept her destiny as a "bad-luck woman," Spring Swallow flees on her marriage ceremony day.

In town of Soochow, Spring Swallow joins a neighborhood of popular embroiderers. the ladies paintings for Aunty Peony, whose beautiful sewing as soon as earned her the Emperor's love. but if Aunty Peony has the same opinion to copy a well-known painting--a profitable task that would take a yr to complete--betrayal and jealousy emerges in the staff. Spring Swallow turns into entangled in every one woman's tale of heartbreak, even whereas she embarks on a perilous affair with a tender progressive. On a trip that leads from the distant hillsides round Soochow to cosmopolitan Peking, Spring Swallow attracts at the mystery suggestions discovered from Aunty Peony and her personal indomitable energy, decided to forge a existence that's actually her personal.

Praise For The Novels Of Mingmei Yip

"A distinct and spell binding type. . .flawless." –Baltimore Books Examiner on The 9 Fold Heaven

"Surprising and sometimes humorous. . .Part epic, half coming-of-age tale, half smooth fairy tale." --Publishers Weekly on Song of the Silk Road

"A critical, enticing tale of religion, devotion, and the commingling of cultures." –Booklist on Petals From the Sky

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Shanghai Escape (Holocaust Remembrance Series)

Shanghai, China, turns out an not going vacation spot for Jewish refugees attempting to break out the harsh anti-Semitic legislation of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi social gathering earlier than the second one international battle. yet whereas so much international locations have been unwilling to offer safe haven to Jews, China used to be one position that did. greater than twenty thousand ecu Jews stumbled on safe haven in Shanghai among 1937 and 1939.

Lily Toufar and her relations arrive in Shanghai in 1938, having fled from Vienna at the eve of Kristallnacht. Shanghai is a wierd position for this shiny younger woman. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and stressed from Hitler, the japanese executive in Shanghai has ordered Jewish refugees to maneuver right into a ghetto in a space of Shanghai referred to as Hongkew. there's little nutrients to devour and bad sanitation, and affliction is rampant. For Lily, lifestyles turns into grueling after her relatives is compelled into the ghetto. Lily endures the tough stipulations, continuously longing for an finish to the warfare and a go back to general existence.

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Who's Afraid of China?: The Challenge of Chinese Soft Power (Asian Arguments)

By Michael Barr

What position does China play within the Western mind's eye? the increase of China instead version to Western liberalism has created an apprehension that constructing nations will stray from Western criteria of democracy, transparency, and human rights. besides the fact that, such fears frequently say as a lot approximately those that carry them as they do approximately China itself. Who's fearful of China? holds a replicate to Sino-Western family members so one can greater know how the West's personal previous, hopes, and fears form how it thinks approximately and engages with China. concentrating on 3 key components -- types of improvement, smooth strength, and ethnocentrism -- this provocative new e-book argues that the increase of China touches a nerve within the Western psyche and provides a primary problem to rules approximately modernity, heritage, and overseas relations.

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The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution

By Jonathan D. Spence

“A milestone in Western reviews of China.” (John okay. Fairbank)

In this masterful, hugely unique method of sleek chinese language background, Jonathan D. Spence indicates us the chinese language revolution during the eyes of its such a lot articulate participants—the writers, historians, philosophers, and insurrectionists who formed and have been formed by way of the turbulent occasions of the 20th century. via skillfully combining literary fabrics with extra traditional assets of political and social heritage, Spence presents an remarkable examine China and her humans and provides beneficial perception into the ongoing clash among the implacable energy of the kingdom and the strivings of China's artists, writers, and thinkers.

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Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art: Cultural and Philosophical Reflections (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture (Paperback))

Explores how Xu Bing and different modern chinese language artists use Western principles inside a chinese language cultural discourse.

How chinese language is modern chinese language paintings? precious via creditors, critics, and paintings global cognoscenti, this paintings constructed inside of an avant-garde that seemed West to discover a language to strike out opposed to executive keep watch over. ordinarily, chinese language creative expression has been with regards to the constitution and serve as of the chinese and the assumptions of chinese language common cosmology. Is modern chinese language artwork rooted in those traditions or is it an instance of cultural self-colonization? members to this quantity handle this query, going past the extra seen political and social commentaries on modern chinese language artwork to discover resonances among modern creative principles and the indigenous assets of chinese language cultural self-understanding.

Focusing particularly at the acclaimed artist Xu Bing, this ebook explores how he and his friends have navigated among various cultural websites to set up a 3rd position, a spot from which to suitable Western rules and use them to handle centuries-old chinese language cultural concerns inside of a chinese language cultural discourse.

“This vital assortment makes an important contribution to the research of chinese language philosophy and art.” — Chenyang Li, writer of The Tao Encounters the West: Explorations in Comparative Philosophy

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How Did The Sun Rise Over Yan'an? A History Of The Rectification Movement

By Gao Hua

Yan'an Rectification move was once the key occasions of the 20 th century which has a profound impression on chinese language ancient development, which was once the 1st large-scale political flow in the chinese language Communist get together led by way of Mao Zedong himself, and the start of political campaigns. Mao Zedong used ideological transformation and the 2 methods of analyzing the cadres' own histories and response purge created by way of himself in Yan'an Rectification, absolutely got rid of the impression and stay contemplating the may well 4th freedom and democracy in the get together, thoroughly cleared switched over CPC "Russification" temperament, rebuilt the higher constitution of Mao Zedong as completely ruled, laid the final origin of the social gathering for Mao Zedong, within which a chain of ideas, paradigms replaced the existence and the destiny of countless numbers of thousands of chinese language humans after 1949.

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