An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family (c)


Howard Giskin and Bettye S. Walsh (eds.)

SUNY Series in Asian Studies Development


Albany, New York: State University of New York Press

Available From: CUP Services
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 0-7914-5047-3
Binding: cloth
Pages: xii, 237


An outgrowth of an Asian Studies Development Program 1996 Institute on Chinese Classics, An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family covers a central element of Chinese culture, the idea of family, or jia. Written for both beginners and specialists, this book considers the role of family—literally, metaphorically, and as an organizing principle—in the creation of the Chinese worldview. Individual chapters explore philosophy, art, language, music, folk literature, fiction, architecture, film, and women and gender.

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"I like the rich diversity of important and well-written essays thematically woven around the 'root metaphor' of jia, the Chinese family. The topic of family is perennially important and is currently one of the central issues in social, moral, and political discussions. Many are turning to the notion of the family as the bedrock model for all human relationships and institutions. Chinese culture and 'things Chinese' are often viewed with puzzlement and a sense of confusion. By way of contrast this book takes the readers into the heart of Chinese culture and opens it up in ways easy to understand, yet shows, to both the novice and the scholar, the subtle interconnectedness of Chinese culture and life. This is a valuable work in Chinese studies."

Keith W. Krasemann
author of Questions for the Soul: An Introduction to Philosophy