The Chinese Mind: Understanding Traditional Chinese Beliefs and Their Influence on Contemporary Culture

The Chinese Mind: Understanding Traditional Chinese Beliefs and Their Influence on Contemporary Culture

Boye Lafayette De Mente

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0804840113

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Chinese: understanding a people and their culture through key words and language.

The Chinese Mind pinpoints areas of China's traditional values and behaviors that play a significant role in the business and social relationships of the Chinese. It also identifies key areas of Chinese culture that have changed as a result of the adoption of a market-based economy and other elements of Western culture. It includes discussion topics and questions, along with an extensive selection of Chinese "code words" that explain the essence and role of key elements of the traditional culture that have survived into modern times. 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 seemingly opaque Chinese mind.

The Chinese Mind is an excellent overview of Chinese tradition, history, and culture that is perfect for the classroom, tourists or outsiders living or doing business in China. Some of the vital concepts explored here include:

  • 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
  • Bi, unity the Chinese way

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world they had never seen before and in many cases could not even have imagined. These two imports from America helped put the finishing touches on a new breed of Chinese who were no longer bound by the limitations and restraints of the traditional culture. As is well known, the influence that American movies have had on the United States has been seriously detrimental to the traditional values and behavior of Americans and this influence is so diverse and so economically powerful that it

culture begins to take precedence, and they become less Chinese in their fundamental mindset even when conversing with other Chinese. The younger the individuals are when they learn and first begin to use English, the faster and more profound the influence of American culture on their thinking and behavior. In children, the change from Chinese-oriented thinking and behavior to American-oriented thinking and behavior is very conspicuous within one to two years. The cultural changes that occur in

individual, and so on. Chinese doctors determined that when any one of the five solid “yang” organs of the body—spleen, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys—malfunctioned, that is, got out of its natural yin-yang balance, the individual would suffer from both physical and mental problems. Likewise, when one or more of the six hollow “yin” organs of the body—small intestines, large intestines, gall bladder, stomach, and a three-part invisible metabolizing agent—malfunctioned it also resulted in some

their way of thinking and doing things. This degree of cultural conditioning is still conspicuous in today’s China among the older generations in particular, but the upbringing of children in urban China has changed to the point that young people often do things in non-Chinese ways. While the standardization of virtually all activity in China thousands of years ago resulted in an extraordinary degree of order and stability, it had a downside as well in that it did not permit innovation or

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