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Book Title: The Chinese Mind: Understanding Traditional Chinese Beliefs and Their Influence on Contemporary Culture|
The author of the book: Boyé Lafayette de Mente
Edition: Tuttle Publishing
Date of issue: March 10th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780804840118
Format files: PDF
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The Chinese: understanding a people and their culture through keywords 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 civilization. It includes discussion topics and questions, along with an extensive selection of Chinese "code words" that explain the essence and role of critical 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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Read information about the authorBoyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, Korea and Mexico since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, journalist, editor and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo, and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (in 1953), now Thunderbird School of Global Management, in Glendale, Arizona, USA.
De Mente wrote the first ever books on the Japanese way of doing business (Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business in 1959 and How to Do Business in Japan in 1962), and was the first to introduce the now commonly used Japanese terms wa, nemawashi, kaizen, tatemae-honne, shibui, sabi and wabi to the outside business world!
His 70-plus other books run the gamut from language learning to the night-time "pink" trades in Japan, the sensual nature of Oriental cultures, male-female relations, and understanding and coping with the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Mexican mindset in business and social situations. He has also written extensively about his home state of Arizona and Mexico.