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Chinese Storyteller's Book

Chinese Storyteller's Book Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael David Kwan
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462901301
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Imagine a universe constructed in layers: At the top is Heaven—where the gods live. Beneath is the Earth, where people dwell. And beneath the Earth lies a magical realm of witches, vampires, ghosts, and immortal foxes capable of assuming human form. This is the universe of Chinese folktale. The nine tales in The Chinese Storytellers Book show what happens when the worlds of Earth and the supernatural collide. The cast of characters, both humble and fantastic, includes: A young man willing to spend a night in a haunted mansion to prove that the spirit world does not exist Fox faeries wearying of their immortality and craving the uncertainty of human experiences A bored husband looking for excitement—but finding mortal danger instead Michael David Kwan first heard these tales told by street–corner storytellers during his childhood in China. He retells them through his own unique literary vision—through the lens of his own personality, experience, and imagination.

A Day in a Working Life: 300 Trades and Professions through History [3 volumes]

A Day in a Working Life: 300 Trades and Professions through History [3 volumes] Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gary Westfahl
Editor: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610694031
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A Day in a Working Life: 300 Trades and Professions through History [3 volumes] by Gary Westfahl Summary

Ideal for high school and college students studying history through the everyday lives of men and women, this book offers intriguing information about the jobs that people have held, from ancient times to the 21st century. • Provides detailed, interesting essays describing more than 300 professions and occupations across a broad range of eras, including the 21st century, and from around the world, which will give readers a wider understanding of how people have supported themselves throughout time • Supplies historical primary documents that provide personal perspectives on past occupations • Offers fascinating information on how professions began, who did them, and continuity in occupations across time, such as that 18th-century journalists were often imprisoned for displeasing those in authority, and yet 21st-century U.S. journalists may still spend time in jail for refusing to reveal their sources

The Eternal Storyteller

The Eternal Storyteller Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vibeke Boerdahl
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136108505
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Chinese storytelling has survived through more than a millennium into our own time, while similar oral arts have fallen into oblivion in the West. Under the main heading of 'The Eternal Storyteller', in August 1996 the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies hosted an International Workshop on Oral Literature in Modern China. To this meeting, the first of its kind in Europe, five special guests were invited - master tellers from Yangzhou: Wang Xizotang, Li Xintang, Fei Zhengliang, Dai Buzhang and Hui Zhaolong. The volume derived from this meeting includes an introductory article written by John Miles Foley entitled 'A Comparative View on Oral Traditions'. Thereafter, a wide range of topics relating to Chinese oral literature is covered under the headings: 'Historical Lines', 'A Spectrium of Genres', 'Studies of Yangzhou and Suzhou Story- telling' and 'Performances of Yangzhou Storytelling'. However, the present volume does more than include papers derived from the meeting. It is also lavishly illustrated in word and picture from performances by the guest-storytellers. In so doing, the world of Chinese story telling is not just described and analysed - it is also brought to life.

The Dan Brown Craze

The Dan Brown Craze Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Zhenwu Zhu,Aiping Zhang
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 144389415X
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The Dan Brown Craze by Zhenwu Zhu,Aiping Zhang Summary

Since the Chinese translation of The Da Vinci Code was released in China in 2004, the “Dan Brown Craze” has swept across the country. All of Brown’s novels have subsequently been translated into Chinese and sold millions of copies. No living foreign writer has generated so much media coverage and scholarship in China within such a short period of time; not even Toni Morrison or J.K. Rowling. Brown’s rendering of dichotomies, such as science and religion, humanity and divinity, good and evil, and liberty and privacy, resonates well with his Chinese readers because they feel that these issues are no longer irrelevant to them. They see an urgent need for a revision, if not an entire redefinition, of their existing beliefs and values. This book examines the plot, characterization, themes, setting, codes, knowledge, institutions, and techniques in his novels, and delivers a careful textual analysis, a selective dissemination of relevant information on different subjects, and a perceptive comparison between Brown and other Chinese and Western writers. As such, it shows how his thrillers have been appreciated and studied in China, and what kinds of discoveries, challenges, controversies, and insights have surfaced in the Chinese appreciation of Brown’s novels. Furthermore, the book explores why the “Dan Brown Craze” has lasted this long and exerted a broad and far-reaching impact upon the reading, writing, studying, translating, publishing, and marketing of fiction in China.

L'Enfer des codes

L'Enfer des codes Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jia MAI
Editor: Robert Laffont
ISBN: 2221190947
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En Chine, au milieu des années 1950. Rong Jinzhen, jeune homme fragile et introverti, est recruté par l'unité 701, une agence gouvernementale secrète spécialisée dans le contre-espionnage : les autorités considèrent ce génie des mathématiques comme le seul capable de déchiffrer le code Purple, un code d'une complexité diabolique qui menace la sécurité de la République populaire, engagée dans la guerre froide. Enfermé dans un bunker, à l'écart du monde, Rong Jinzhen s'attelle à la tâche – sans savoir encore qu'il va bientôt lui falloir relever un défi d'une tout autre ampleur... Des années plus tard, le biographe de ce héros de l'ombre, devenu une véritable légende, part à la rencontre de ceux qui l'ont connu ; chaque nouveau témoignage va éclairer d'un jour étonnant la personnalité hors du commun de Rong Jinzhen. Par le biais de ce roman d'espionnage moderne et sophistiqué, qui est aussi une fable philosophique sur le génie et la folie, Jia Mai nous invite à une plongée fascinante au coeur de la Chine de Mao.

Crafting Chinese Memories

Crafting Chinese Memories Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Katherine Swancutt
Editor: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1800732384
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Through an interdisciplinary conversation with contributors from social anthropology, religious studies, film studies, literary studies, cultural studies, and history, Crafting Chinese Memories is a novel book which address how works of art shape memories, and offers new ways of conceptualising storytelling, memory-making, art, and materiality. It explores the memories of artists, filmmakers, novelists, storytellers, and persons who come to terms with their own histories even as they reveal the social memories of watershed events in modern China.

Chinese Ghost Stories

Chinese Ghost Stories Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 146290016X
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Chinese Ghost Stories are a selection of the most entertaining Chinese traditional tales of the strange and fantastic. Hearn had a great affinity for the traditional ghost stories of China, and these stories clearly inspired him as he penned subsequent works. Set in richly atmospheric locales, these tales speak of heroic sacrifice, chilling horror, eerie beauty and otherworldly intervention. This completely reset and pinyin-converted edition of Hearn's classic work contains a new foreword by Victoria Cass, which places the stories, their author, and his love for the strange and mysterious into perspective. If you're seeking insights into the traditional Chinese world of ghosts, goblins and demons—or just want to feel a chill run down your spine on a dark and lonely night—then this book is the perfect companion. Ghost stories include: The Soul of the Great Bell The Story of Ming Yi The Legend of Zhi Nu The Return of Yan Zhenjing The Tradition of the Tea Plant The Tale of the Porcelain God

What We Get From Chinese Mythology

What We Get From Chinese Mythology Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Katie Marsico
Editor: Cherry Lake
ISBN: 1631889435
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This book introduces readers to Chinese mythology, presents legendary characters and stories, and shows how Chinese myths have influenced our culture. Readers are engaged with historical content while sharpening their skills at analyzing images and identifying evidence.

Chinese History and Literature

Chinese History and Literature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Prusek
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401033358
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Chinese History and Literature by J. Prusek Summary

The studies contained in this volume arose over the last thirty years. Originally the range of the materials I intended to include in my selection was very much wider. Publishing difficulties, however, have obliged me to curtail them to something less than half the planned content. At first I intended to include all the studies I supposed might be of interest to readers and represent contributi ons still of some significance for research in this domain of Oriental scholarship. When the necessity arose to limit the contents I gave preference to the standpoint of thematic completeness rather than to what would be of interest to the general reader. Thus in this volume I have confined myself to two them atic fields only-Old Chinese literature and studies dealing with mediaeval storytellers' productions-hua-pen. I have excluded the whole complex of historical studies and all studies relating to the new literature. I am now preparing, on the principal historical theme on which I was engaged already in the period of my studies in Prague under Prof. J. Bidlo, and then in 1928 till 1930, with Prof. B. Karlgren in Sweden and Prof. G. Haloun in Halle, in Germany, a more compendious study in which I hope to sum up the results of my research, and I also intend to publish a volume of selected studies dealing with the New Chinese literature at some later date.

Chinese Behavior and Etiquette

Chinese Behavior and Etiquette Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Wander Stories
Editor: WanderStories
ISBN: 9949516838
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Dear Traveler, Welcome to the WanderStories™ guide to Chinese behavior and etiquette – it’s all about the face. We, at WanderStories™, are storytellers. We don’t tell you where to eat or sleep, we don’t intend to replace a typical travel reference guide. Our mission is to be the best local guide that you would wish to have by your side when visiting the sights. So, we meet you at the sight and take you on a tour. WanderStories™ travel guides are unique because our storytelling style puts you alongside the best local guide who tells you fascinating stories and unusual facts recreating the passion and sacrifice that forged the beauty of these places right here in front of you, while a wealth of high quality photos, historic pictures, and illustrations brings your tour vividly to life. Our promise: • when you visit China with this travel guide you will have the best local guide at your fingertips • when you read this travel guide in the comfort of your armchair you will feel as if you are actually visiting China with the best local guide Let’s go! Your guide, WanderStories

Humour in Chinese Life and Letters

Humour in Chinese Life and Letters Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jessica Milner Davis,Jocelyn Chey
Editor: Hong Kong University Press
ISBN: 9888083511
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The present study emphasizes Chapter Six of Huai-nan Tzu in expounding the theory of kan-ying STIMULUS-RESPONSE; RESONANCE, which postulates that all things in the universe are interrelated and influence each other according to pre-set patterns.

Chinese Cuisine and Table Manners

Chinese Cuisine and Table Manners Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Wander Stories
Editor: WanderStories
ISBN: 9949516773
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Dear Traveler, Welcome to the WanderStories™ guide to Chinese cuisine and table manners. We will tell you about the eight main schools of Chinese cookery, the delicious Peking duck, about eating out and table manners, and finally about the Chinese custom of tea drinking. We, at WanderStories™, are storytellers. We don’t tell you where to eat or sleep, we don’t intend to replace a typical travel reference guide. Our mission is to be the best local guide that you would wish to have by your side when visiting the sights. So, we meet you at the sight and take you on a tour. WanderStories™ travel guides are unique because our storytelling style puts you alongside the best local guide who tells you fascinating stories and unusual facts recreating the passion and sacrifice that forged the beauty of these places right here in front of you, while a wealth of high quality photos, historic pictures, and illustrations brings your tour vividly to life. Our promise: • when you visit China with this travel guide you will have the best local guide at your fingertips • when you read this travel guide in the comfort of your armchair you will feel as if you are actually visiting China with the best local guide Let’s go! Your guide, WanderStories

Chinese Fables

Chinese Fables Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Shiho S. Nunes,Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462911722
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Chinese Fables by Shiho S. Nunes,Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard Summary

**Winner of the 2014 Aesop Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature** **Winner of the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award for Fables, Folklore & Fairytales** **2014 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner** For thousands of years, Chinese storytellers have delighted listeners with stories about the value of virtues like honesty, respect, courage and self-reliance. Chinese Fables collects nineteen of these wonderful tales, some of them dating back to the third century BCE, and retells them in contemporary English for a modern audience. Each of these stories offers a nugget of ancient folk wisdom and shares aspects of Chinese culture and lore. All of the tales express the foibles and wisdom of human experience with great humor and affection. And although the lessons are universal, the wit and flavor are uniquely Chinese. Beautifully illustrated by a master Chinese artist using a patchwork of ancient tones and textures, with a deft touch of humor, this book will give great joy to children and adults alike. Chinese children's stories include: The Practical Bride Stealing the Bell Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy Cooking the Duck Scaring the Tigers The Dragon Slayer

Out of the Margins

Out of the Margins Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Liangyan Ge
Editor: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824863828
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The novel Water Margin (Shuihu zhuan), China's earliest full-length narrative in vernacular prose, first appeared in print in the sixteenth century. The tale of one hundred and eight bandit heroes evolved from a long oral tradition; in its novelized form, it played a pivotal role in the rise of Chinese vernacular fiction, which flourished during the late Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) periods. Liangyan Ge's multidimensional study considers the evolution of Water Margin and the rise of vernacular fiction against the background of the vernacularization of premodern Chinese literature as a whole. This gradual and arduous process, as the book convincingly shows, was driven by sustained contact and interaction between written culture and popular orality. Ge examines the stylistic and linguistic features of the novel against those of other works of early Chinese vernacular literature (stories, in particular), revealing an accretion of features typical of different historical periods and a prolonged and cumulative process of textualization. In addition to providing a meticulous philological study, his work offers a new reading of the novel that interprets some of its salient characteristics in terms of the interplay between audience, storytellers, and men of letters associated with popular orality.

The Return of the Storyteller in Contemporary Fiction

The Return of the Storyteller in Contemporary Fiction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Areti Dragas
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441143548
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The Return of the Storyteller in Contemporary Fiction by Areti Dragas Summary

Focusing on the figure of the storyteller, this study breaks new ground in the approach to reading contemporary literature by identifying a growing interest in storytelling. For the last thirty years contemporary fiction has been influenced by theoretical discourses, textuality and writing. Only since the rise of postcolonialism have academic critics been more overtly interested in stories, where high theory frameworks are less applicable. However, as we move through various contemporary contexts engaging with postcolonial identities and hybridity, to narratives of disability and evolutionary accounts of group and individual survival, a common feature of all is the centrality of story, which posits both the idea of survival and the passing on of traditions. This book closely examines this preoccupation with story and storytelling through a close reading of sixteen contemporary international novels written in English which are about actual 'storytellers', revealing how death of the author has given birth to the storyteller.

Feuilles d'automne

Feuilles d'automne Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Adeline Yen mah
Editor: Archipoche
ISBN: 2377350143
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Feuilles d'automne by Adeline Yen mah Summary

En 1937, la première épouse de Mr Yen, capitaine d'industrie à Tianjin, meurt quelques jours après avoir donné naissance à une petite fi lle, Adeline, surnommée " Petite Cinquième ". Le chagrin du père est de courte durée : il se remarie à une séduisante Franco-Chinoise, Niang, femme futile et vaniteuse, avide de mondanités. À la maison, Niang ne cache pas son mépris pour les enfants nés du premier lit. C'est à Adeline que Niang réserve les trésors de sa cruauté. Malgré l'amour et la protection de sa chère tante Baba, " Petite Cinquième " devient le bouc émissaire de toute la famille.En 1947, redoutant le péril communiste, la famille Yen quitte Shanghaï et s'exile à Hong-Kong. Adeline ne fait pas partie du voyage. Placée seule dans un orphelinat français à Tianjin, elle est, à la demande de ses parents, privée de visites et de courrier. C'est dans cette prison, pourtant, qu'elle va découvrir la clé de son existence : les livres...Première édition : l'Archipel, 2000.

Some Chinese Ghosts

Some Chinese Ghosts Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Editor: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 147337670X
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I think that my best apology for the insignificant size of this volume is the very character of the material composing it. In preparing the legends I sought especially for weird beauty; and I could not forget this striking observation in Sir Walter Scott’s “Essay on Imitations of the Ancient Ballad”: “The supernatural, though appealing to certain powerful emotions very widely and deeply sown amongst the human race, is, nevertheless, a spring which is peculiarly apt to lose its elasticity by being too much pressed upon.” Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China Pdf/ePub eBook Author: WanderStories
Editor: WanderStories
ISBN: 9949553164
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Dear Traveler, Welcome to the WanderStories™ tour of the Great Wall of China. We, at WanderStories™, are storytellers. We don’t tell you where to eat or sleep, we don’t intend to replace a typical travel reference guide. Our mission is to be the best local guide that you would wish to have by your side when visiting the sights. So, we meet you at the sight and take you on a tour. WanderStories™ travel guides are unique because our storytelling style puts you alongside the best local guide who tells you fascinating stories and unusual facts recreating the passion and sacrifice that forged the beauty of these places right here in front of you, while a wealth of high quality photos, historic pictures, and illustrations brings your tour vividly to life. Our promise: • when you visit the Great Wall with this travel guide you will have the best local guide at your fingertips • when you read this travel guide in the comfort of your armchair you will feel as if you are actually visiting the Great Wall with the best local guide Let’s go! Your guide, WanderStories

The Man Who Loved China

The Man Who Loved China Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Simon Winchester
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061795886
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In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman ("Elegant and scrupulous"—New York Times Book Review) and Krakatoa ("A mesmerizing page-turner"—Time) brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country. No cloistered don, this tall, married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual, who practiced nudism and was devoted to a quirky brand of folk dancing. In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge University, he instantly fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He soon became fascinated with China, and his mistress swiftly persuaded the ever-enthusiastic Needham to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper—often centuries before the rest of the world. His thrilling and dangerous journeys, vividly recreated by Winchester, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, Needham was determined to tell the world what he had discovered, and began writing his majestic Science and Civilisation in China, describing the country's long and astonishing history of invention and technology. By the time he died, he had produced, essentially single-handedly, seventeen immense volumes, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever. Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.

Chinese Holidays and Festivals

Chinese Holidays and Festivals Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Wander Stories
Editor: WanderStories
ISBN: 9949516811
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Dear Traveler, Welcome to the WanderStories™ guide to Chinese holidays and festivals. We will tell about the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival, the Spring Dragon Festival, the Double Third Festival, the Tomb Sweeping Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Qixi Festival, the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Double Ninth Festival, the Water Lantern Festival, and the Dongzhi Festival. We, at WanderStories™, are storytellers. We don’t tell you where to eat or sleep, we don’t intend to replace a typical travel reference guide. Our mission is to be the best local guide that you would wish to have by your side when visiting the sights. So, we meet you at the sight and take you on a tour. WanderStories™ travel guides are unique because our storytelling style puts you alongside the best local guide who tells you fascinating stories and unusual facts recreating the passion and sacrifice that forged the beauty of these places right here in front of you, while a wealth of high quality photos, historic pictures, and illustrations brings your tour vividly to life. Our promise: • when you visit China with this travel guide you will have the best local guide at your fingertips • when you read this travel guide in the comfort of your armchair you will feel as if you are actually visiting China with the best local guide Let’s go! Your guide, WanderStories