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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture

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  • Editor: Kam Louie, Australian National University, Canberra
Kam Louie, Peter Zarrow, Prasenjit Duara, Harriet Evans, William Jankowiak, Wang Gungwu, Tan Sor-hoon, Arif Dirlik, Daniel Overmeyer, Chen Ping, Charles Laughlin, Michel Hockx, Colin Mackerras, David Clarke, Chris Berry, Liu Kang, Susan Brownell
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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521681902
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  • At the start of the twenty-first century, China is poised to become a major global power. Understanding its culture is more important than ever before for western audiences, but for many, China remains a mysterious and exotic country. This Companion explains key aspects of modern Chinese culture without assuming prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language. The volume acknowledges the interconnected nature of the different cultural forms, from 'high culture' such as literature, religion and philosophy to more popular issues such as sport, cinema, performance and the internet. Each chapter is written by a world expert in the field. Invaluable for students of Chinese studies, this book includes a glossary of key terms, a chronology and a guide to further reading. For the interested reader or traveler, it reveals a dynamic, diverse and fascinating culture, many aspects of which are now elucidated in English for the first time.

    • An overview of Chinese culture fully accessible to readers with no knowledge of Chinese
    • Stimulating accounts of art, thought, popular culture, and society in today's China
    • Published to coincide with the Beijing Olympics
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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521681902
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Defining modern Chinese culture Kam Louie
    2. Social and political developments: the making of the twentieth-century Chinese state Peter Zarrow
    3. Historical consciousness and national identity Prasenjit Duara
    4. Gender in modern Chinese culture Harriet Evans
    5. Ethnicity and Chinese identity: ethnographic insight and political positioning William Jankowiak
    6. Flag, flame and embers: diaspora cultures Wang Gungwu
    7. Modernizing Confucianism and 'new Confucianism' Tan Sor-hoon
    8. Socialism in China: a historical overview Arif Dirlik
    9. Chinese religious traditions from 1900–2005: an overview Daniel Overmeyer
    10. Languages in a modernizing China Chen Ping
    11. The revolutionary tradition in modern Chinese literature Charles Laughlin
    12. The involutionary tradition in modern Chinese literature Michel Hockx
    13. Music and performing arts: tradition, reform and political and social relevance Colin Mackerras
    14. Revolutions in vision: Chinese art and the experience of modernity David Clarke
    15. Cinema: from foreign import to global brand Chris Berry
    16. Media boom and cyber culture: television and the internet in China Liu Kang
    17. Physical culture, sports and the Olympics Susan Brownell
    Glossary of Chinese characters

  • Editor

    Kam Louie, Australian National University, Canberra
    Kam Louie is Dean of the Arts Faculty at the University of Hong Kong.


    Kam Louie, Peter Zarrow, Prasenjit Duara, Harriet Evans, William Jankowiak, Wang Gungwu, Tan Sor-hoon, Arif Dirlik, Daniel Overmeyer, Chen Ping, Charles Laughlin, Michel Hockx, Colin Mackerras, David Clarke, Chris Berry, Liu Kang, Susan Brownell

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