China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture

China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 014218084X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A practical and accessible guide to an ancient but rapidly changing culture—now revised and updated
Perfect for business, pleasure, or armchair travelers, China A to Z explains the customs, culture, and etiquette essential for any trip or for anyone wanting to understand this complex country. In one hundred brief, reader-friendly essays alphabetized by subject, this  fully revised and updated edition provides a crash course in the etiquette and politics of contemporary China as well as the nation’s geography and venerable history. In it, readers will discover:
·        How the recently selected President and his advisors approach global relations
·        Why China is considered the fastest growing market for fashion and luxury goods
·        What you should bring when visiting a Chinese household
·        What’s hot in Chinese art
·        How recent scandals impact Chinese society
From architecture and body language to Confucianism and feng shui, China A to Z offers accessible and authoritative information about China.


















way for businesses and high-rise apartment buildings, but near the Forbidden City, a historical zone has been created to preserve some of Beijing’s most famous indigenous architecture. Bo Xilai Scandal The scandal that brought down one of the Chinese Communist Party’s fastest-rising stars sounds like a plot straight out of a James Bond movie: a British businessman gets too close to one of China’s most elite power couples and ends up dead, his body cremated within twenty-four hours, while his

of the Cultural Revolution finally came to an end. Today it is still not known exactly how many people died in the decade-long Cultural Revolution. Low estimates run in the millions. And while the Communist Party officially condemned the policies of the Cultural Revolution in 1981, very little about the Cultural Revolution is actually taught in Chinese schools, and researchers both within China and from abroad are often arrested if they try to delve too deeply into records from that era. Movies

the Naxi, who are decidedly not matriarchal. In Moso culture, women own the property and pass it along to their daughters, they do not marry their male lovers, and there is no traditional word for “father”; whereas in the Naxi culture a bride on her “honeymoon night” must escape from her husband’s village and run all the way back to her mother’s village—which could be many miles and days away—sometimes with bare feet, while a search party of Naxi men comes to collect her. If she does not make it

doctor, he knowingly spread venereal disease to hundreds (if not more) of unsuspecting young girls from the countryside who were chosen for the “honor” of satisfying the chairman’s perverse sexual needs. Far from being the patriot who fought bravely against the Japanese army during its invasion of China from 1937 to 1945, he secretly tried to broker a cease-fire between the Communists and the Japanese Imperial Army, even offering up Chinese territory if Japan would recognize his government over

government has been weighing the idea of allowing all families to have two children. When the government announced it was merging the National Population and Family Planning Commission into the Ministry of Health in 2013, many Chinese took this to mean that the government would be backing away from enforcement of the One Child Policy in preparation for abandoning it someday. However, while a group of social scientists has been petitioning Beijing since 2004 to abandon the policy, the government

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