China in Ten Words

Author: Hua Yu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780715645512

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 225

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A unique insight into modern China by one of its most acclaimed writers

China in Ten Words

Author: Yu Hua

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307906930

Category: History

Page: 240

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From one of China’s most acclaimed writers, his first work of nonfiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the country’s meteoric economic and social transformation. Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular—“people,” “leader,” “reading,” “writing,” “Lu Xun” (one of the most influential Chinese writers of the twentieth century), “disparity,” “revolution,” “grassroots,” “copycat,” and “bamboozle”—China in Ten Words reveals as never before the world’s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In “Disparity,” for example, Yu Hua illustrates the mind-boggling economic gaps that separate citizens of the country. In “Copycat,” he depicts the escalating trend of piracy and imitation as a creative new form of revolutionary action. And in “Bamboozle,” he describes the increasingly brazen practices of trickery, fraud, and chicanery that are, he suggests, becoming a way of life at every level of society. Characterized by Yu Hua’s trademark wit, insight, and courage, China in Ten Words is a refreshingly candid vision of the “Chinese miracle” and all its consequences, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a writer living in China today.

China in Ten Words by Yu Hua (Summary)

Author: QuickRead,Nicolas Stewart



Category: Study Aids

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Do you want more free book summaries like this? Download our app for free at and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries. Author Yu Hua presents ten essays based on the ten words he feels best sum up the modern state of his country, and his own life experience. How do you define a country? Writer Yu Hua chooses to describe his country with an analysis of ten words. Words like “revolution”, “people”, “grassroots”, and “writing”. These words become the central theme of ten essays exploring the cultural identity and changing landscape of his country. Hua draws on sociology, economics, and his own experiences as a dentist, novelist, and participant in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests to paint a picture of China larger in scope and depth than we might usually see in the west.

Drugs for the mind

Author: Sofie Sun

Publisher: Eva Tas Foundation

ISBN: 9462251630

Category: Political Science

Page: 100

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In the eyes of the Chinese authorities books are too often Drugs for the Mind. Sofie Sun (1986) chose this remarkable description as the title of her investigation into censorship and literature in the People's Republic of China. She interviewed representatives of three groups of authors who each have their own view about censorship: writers with no official status living and working in the People’s Republic of China, writers in exile, and those who are members of the Chinese Writers Association. By telling the stories about these writers, she sketches a portrayal of censorship and self-censorship in the People’s Republic of China. Sofie Sun was born in the People’s Republic of China and came to the Netherlands in 2007, where she has lived ever since. She holds a BA and an MA in Dutch literature from Leiden University. She has translated a range of Dutch titles into Chinese. She will soon complete and defend her doctoral dissertation ‘Dutch literature in Chinese translation, 1961-2010’. A publication of the Eva Tas Foundation. The Eva Tas Foundation encourages publication and promotion of texts that are, no matter where and no matter how, subject to censorship.

A Century of Chinese Literature in Translation (1919–2019)

Author: Leah Gerber,Lintao Qi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000178471

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 188

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This book delves into the Chinese literary translation landscape over the last century, spanning critical historical periods such as the Cultural Revolution in the greater China region. Contributors from all around the world approach this theme from various angles, providing an overview of translation phenomena at key historical moments, identifying the trends of translation and publication, uncovering the translation history of important works, elucidating the relationship between translators and other agents, articulating the interaction between texts and readers and disclosing the nature of literary migration from Chinese into English. This volume aims at benefiting both academics of translation studies from a dominantly Anglophone culture and researchers in the greater China region. Chinese scholars of translation studies will not only be able to cite this as a reference book, but will be able to discover contrasts, confluence and communication between academics across the globe, which will stimulate, inspire and transform discussions in this field.

When True Love Came to China

Author: Lynn Pan

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9888208802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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The Guardian's Best Books of 2015 Most people suppose that the whole world knows what it is to love; that romantic love is universal, quintessentially human. Such a supposition has to be able to meet three challenges. It has to justify its underlying assumption that all cultures mean the same thing by the word ‘love’ regardless of language. It has to engage with the scholarly debate on whether or not romantic love was invented in Europe and is uniquely Western. And it must be able to explain why early twentieth-century Chinese writers claimed that they had never known true love, or love by modern Western standards. By addressing these three challenges through a literary, historical, philosophical, biographical and above all comparative approach, this highly original work shows how love’s profile in China shifted with the rejection of arranged marriages and concubinage in favour of free individual choice, monogamy and a Western model of romantic love. ‘This book, Lynn Pan’s best to date, adds a wonderful new angle by encouraging us, via comparison, to better appreciate how unusual, even in some ways exotic, a part of the Western past we take for granted, as though it were natural, actually is. While the reader will learn a great deal about Chinese literary and cultural traditions from this book, if read with an open mind the Western reader may end up rethinking things about his or her tradition just as deeply.’ —Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of California at Irvine ‘Nobody writes about China quite as brilliantly as Lynn Pan, who in this new, illuminating work on love showcases her trademark erudition entwined with a novelist’s sensibility. Pan’s rare skill makes the book a treat from start to finish; a sumptuous, deft and moving analysis of China’s relationship with love.’ —Mishi Saran, author of Chasing the Monk’s Shadow: A Journey in the Footsteps of Xuanzang and The Other Side of Light

Modernisation of Chinese Culture

Author: Jana S. Rošker,Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

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The editors are grateful to the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for its generous support of their research work which enabled them to publish the present book. The present book carefully maps the Chinese modernisation discourse, highlighting its relationship to other, similar discourses, and situating it within historical and theoretical contexts. In contrast to the majority of recent discussions of a â oeChinese development modelâ that tend to focus more on institutional then cultural factors, and are more narrowly concerned with economic matters than overall social development, the book offers several important focal points for many presently overlooked issues and dilemmas. The multifaceted perspectives contained in this anthology are not limited to economic, social, and ecological issues, but also include political and social functions of ideologies and cultural conditioned values, representing the axial epistemological grounds of modern Chinese society. 2011 was the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. The centennial is relevant not only in terms of state ideology, but also plays a significant role within academic research into Chinese society and culture. This historic turning point likewise represents the symbolic and concrete linkages and tensions between tradition and modernity, progress and conservatism, traditional values and the demands for adjustment to contemporary societies. The book shows that Chinese transition from tradition to modernity cannot be understood in a framework of a unified general model of society, but rather through a more complex insight into the interrelations among elements of physical environment, social structure, philosophy, history, and culture.

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant

Author: Yu Hua

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1400031850

Category: Fiction

Page: 0

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From the acclaimed author of Brothers and China in Ten Words: here is Yu Hua’s unflinching portrait of life under Chairman Mao. A cart-pusher in a silk mill, Xu Sanguan augments his meager salary with regular visits to the local blood chief. His visits become lethally frequent as he struggles to provide for his wife and three sons at the height of the Cultural Revolution. Shattered to discover that his favorite son was actually born of a liaison between his wife and a neighbor, he suffers his greatest indignity, while his wife is publicly scorned as a prostitute. Although the poverty and betrayals of Mao’s regime have drained him, Xu Sanguan ultimately finds strength in the blood ties of his family. With rare emotional intensity, grippingly raw descriptions of place and time, and clear-eyed compassion, Yu Hua gives us a stunning tapestry of human life in the grave particulars of one man’s days.

The Lancet

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Medicine

Page: 1070

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