Teach Yourself Chinese Language, Life, and Culture
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Teach Yourself Language, Life, and Culture titles delve into the customs and ways of their featured countries, taking a respectful yet lively point of view. Topics include government, arts, language, work, leisure, education, festivals, and food. Each title explains the role of language in shaping culture and provides practical information for travelers. Find out about traditional Chinese medicine, English fish and chips, the Welsh red dragon, and even Christmas in Japan.
Chinese characters), but the idea was scrapped in favour of retaining characters, albeit in simplified versions. In 1956, the first list of modifications removed 29 characters and altered 428. Later, in 1964, a revised list of 2,238 was presented. Simplification was done with the intention to promote mass literacy. It took many forms but in all cases emphasis was on reducing the number of strokes required to write a character. Older characters are sometimes known as full-form characters (fantizi
1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 This animal guards the yin in the vulnerable hours of 7pm to 9pm. If born during the day, dog people will lead a good life. If born at night they will literally 'work like a dog' their entire life. Dog people are generally likeable. They are loyal, trustworthy and responsible. They will wrestle with tasks until they are complete 'like a dog with a bone'. They like to stay away from crowds as they do not tolerate everyone they meet. They
Chinese Cinema, Chris Berry (ed.), British Film Institute, 1991. A good introduction to the subject. 126 CHINESE LANGUAGE, LIFE & CULTURE Peking Opera and Mei Lanfang, Wu Zuguang and Huang Zudin, New World Press (China), 1980. / am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Jackie Chan, Random House, 1998. Autobiography of the world's most daring action hero. Asian Pop Cinema, Lee Server, Chronicle Books, 1999. Fairly lightweight but well-illustrated. A good book for appreciating modern Chinese
seafood CREATIVITY IN OTHER SPHERES 153 and lighter tasting sauces. Black bean sauce, oyster sauce and garlic are used to give flavour. Sweet and sour dishes are perhaps the most famous. This sauce is made from a mixture of vinegar (sour) and sugar (sweet) which is added to a vegetable (usually tomato) or fruit base. Southerners are considered omnivorous even by Chinese standards. They are said not only to eat anything with legs, except tables and chairs, but anything that flies except
Space Program, Joan Johnson-Freece, Krieger Publishing Company, 1998. A good account of the programme and a thorough review of the political and economic aspirations of the regime behind it. China Chic: East Meets West, Valerie Steele and John S. Major, Yale University Press, 1999. A beautifully illustrated book describing Chinese costume, from silk robes to Mao suits. Websites Thorough and well designed, presenting ancient Chinese technology and knowledge under a number of headings