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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Traditional Chinese Culture

Edited By

Sin-wai Chan

ISBN 9781032400907
Published August 29, 2022 by Routledge
440 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Traditional Chinese Culture offers an in-depth discussion of cultural aspects of China from the ancient period to the pre-modern era, lasting over 5,000 years, comprised of 7,000 word pieces by more than 20 world-leading academics and experts.

Addressing areas such as China studies, cultural studies, cultural management, and more specific areas – such as religion, opera, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, material culture, performing arts, and visual arts – this encyclopedia covers all major aspects of traditional Chinese culture.

The volume is intended to be a detailed reference for graduate students on a variety of courses, and also for undergraduate students on survey courses to Chinese culture.

Table of Contents

Aspects of traditional Chinese culture Chan Sin-wai

1. Architecture in traditional China Nancy S. Steinhardt

2. Agriculture in traditional China Liu Yingchun and Wang Haiyan

3. Bees in Chinese culture David Pattinson

4. Jingju: The treasures of classical Chinese theatre Li Ruru

5. Boat/ship building in traditional China Han Qing and Liu Yingchun 

6. Buddhism in China Xue Yu

7. Chinese calligraphy Xu Yangsheng and Chan Sin-wai

8. Cantonese culture Chan Sin-wai

9. Cantonese opera Chan Sau-yan 

10. Chinese culture in popular sayings and famous quotes Chan Sin-wai

11. The art of Chinese painting: Hong Kong perspective Tang Hoi-chiu

12. Confucianism Cheung Yu-kit

13. Education in traditional China Thomas H.C. Lee

14. Eight Characters, Five Elements, and Chinese Fortune telling Li Chao 

15. Embroidery in China Margaret Lee

16. An overview of Chinese fortune telling in traditional times Richard J. Smith

17 Rouquan – A mysterious school of Chinese martial arts Devin Tam, Wang Ling, and Zhang Yaoting

18. Handicraft in traditional China Wang Haiyan and Liu Yingchun

19. Some mysteries of Kunqu music and its melodic characteristics Lindy Li Mark

20. Leisure in traditional Chinese culture Ma Huidi and Liu Er

21. Chinese shadow play Li Jie

22. Taijiquan as a unique living embodiment of Chinese philosophy: its essence, content, and terminology Kit Chunyu

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Chan Sin-wai is Professor and Dean of the School of Humanities and Languages, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong, China. His teaching and research interests lie mainly in the areas of translation studies, translation technology, and bilingual lexicography. He has published more than 60 books in 80 volumes, mainly scholarly monographs, dictionaries, and translated works in different fields. His most recent book publications include The Future of Translation Technology: Towards a world without Babel (2016), An Encyclopedia of Practical Translation and Interpreting (2018), The Human Factor in Machine Translation (2018), and A New Comprehensive Cantonese-Putonghua-English Dictionary (2019).