Davis, Carol M. (2008). Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Evidence for Efficacy in Therapy, Prevention, and Wellness. Thorofare, New Jersey, Slack Incorporated.
In this 3rd edition, Dr. Jennifer M. Bottomley writes about tai chi in the mind/body work section in chapter 10.
Dr. Bottomley opens this chapter with a Chinese Proverb that resonates to the reader in this decade as well as past centuries. The chapter dives deeper into philosophical and historical backgrounds of tai chi, the tai chi principles and modification for patient/client with frailty. This chapter ends with current research evidence with case study example for the reader to apply to his or her patients in rehabilitation.
As the foreword of this book has noted the consistent way energetic considerations bridge conventional and complementary therapies by bringing in the basic sciences that can clarify issues that have seemed mysterious in the past is the strength of this book with key editor and contributors from the physical therapy and other healthcare professions.
Pruitt, Ida. A Daughter of Han t is a unique work since it captures the hard life of a city working women of th late Qing/early Republican period. In a series of interview, Pruitt reveals the heart-braking everyday life of a grandmother who had done everything from beg on the street to work as maid for immigrant from Europe, the US and even the Middle East. She shares her simple wisdom with Pruitt, along with folkways and customs.
Ebrey, Patricia. The Inner Quarters: Marriage in the Lives of the Women of the Sung Period. A classic in the field for good reason. Ebrey takes us into the lives of women behind the walls of affluent homes where they live their lives separately from men-overseeing household duties, bringing up children, supervising servants—but decorously keeping out of the public sphere. It is a mark of distinction to be in the inner quarters and not like a common working woman. They entertain, have a lively social life but the recesses of the home. This is a good book to start students with.
Ko, Dorothy, Every Step a Lotus. Westerners are fascinated by foot binding, but Ko interprets the practice in an historical context-how it emerged as a status symbol and its purpose *to attract a good husband). Likening the practice to some of the extremes of Western culture (cosmetic reconstructions), we see the utilitarian side of foot binding, not to mention the exquisite shoes that have been preserved. Convincing women to “liberate” their feet is also discussed; many simply did not wish to change because they saw it as an aesthetic practice that set themselves apart from “barbarian” outsiders.
Pine, Nancy. (2012) Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (and Don’t Learn) in the US and China, Palgrave Macmillan.
In her groundbreaking book, Educating Young Giants, Nancy Pine reveals how reliance on antiquated teaching methods and ineffectual reform efforts has left youth in the United States and China ill-equipped for the demands of modern technology and the global economy. Transporting us into Chinese elementary and high school classrooms, Pine, a U.S. education expert, highlights essential differences and striking similarities between the two systems. She shows how parents, educators, and policymakers can implement practical solutions, drawing the best from both systems and genuinely equipping our children to meet the challenges we face in the twenty-first century.
Xinran, Xinran (2008) Miss Chopsticks, Vintage Books.
Xinran takes her readers to the heart of modern Chinese society in this delightful and absorbing tale of three peasant girls getting to grips with life in the big city.
The Li sisters don’t have much education, but one thing has been drummed into them: their mother is a failure because she hasn’t managed to produce a son, and they themselves only merit a number as a name. Women, their father tells them, are like chopsticks: utilitarian and easily broken. Men, on the otherhand, are the strong rafters that hold up the roof of a house.
Yet when circumstances lead the sisters to seek work in distant Nanjing, the shocking new urban environment opens their eyes. While Three contributes to the success of a small restaurant, Five and Six learn new talents at a health spa and a bookshop/tearoom. And when the money they earn starts arriving back at the village, their father is forced to recognize that daughters are not so dispensable after all.
Ting-Tonney, Stella (1998). Communicating Effectively with the Chinese. Sage Publications.
How can North Americans improve their communication with the Chinese? A useful and efficient approach to understand prevalent cultural assumptions underlying everyday Chinese communicative activities, Communicating Effectively with the Chinese identifies and conceptualizes some of the distinctive communication practices in Chinese culture. Utilizing the self-OTHER perspective as a conceptual foundation, authors Ge Gao and Ting-Toomey portray and interpret the dynamics of Chinese communication. They examine how self-conception, role and hierarchy, relational dynamics, and face affect ways of conducting everyday talk in Chinese culture. They explain why miscommunication between Chinese and North Americans take place and suggest ways to improve Chines/North American communication. By incorporating instances of everyday talk, Gao and Ting-Toomey offer a realistic and clear illustration of the specific characteristics and functions of Chinese communication, as well as problematic areas of Chinese-North American encounters.
Miss Sophie’s Diary and Other Stories, By Ding Ling, translated by W. J.F. Jenner, Panda Books, 1985.
Revealing and unusual in its unbashful strain of eroticism. The first story tends to be a little annoying in its narcissistic meandering. But the other stories are more interesting.. One must remember that it was written in the late 1920’s, about forty years before the Cultural Revolution.
Wild Swans, Three Daughters, by Jun Chan, First Anchor Boos, 1992
Three generations of women in 20th. Century China. Fascinating both at the personal level and at the social sweep of Mao’s rule.
The Red Brush, Writing Women in Imperial China, BY Wilt Idema and Beata Grant, Harvard University Press, 200
Great reference book!
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See, 2006
One of my favorite novels about China, and one that I use to introduce China in my classes at all levels, both graduate and undergraduate.
The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck, 1931
Accessible in content,, Pearl Buck reveals a Chinese rural society that is both grandiose and devastating.
The Rice-Sprout Song, ny Eileen Chang, 1955
It is the story of a peasant family living in a rural setting during the first years of the cultural revolution. It tends to be a dark tale,but the dialogues are crisps and reveals he absurdity of the government in its quest to humiliate the individual.
The Concubine’s Children, by Denise Chung, 1994
A human drama about a Chinese family that has emigrated to Canada, yet attempts to live in both cultures.
The Analects of Confucius, translated by Chichung Huang, 1997
Interesting reference text..
“The Concept of Wu-Hsing and Yin-Yang, by Vitaly A. Rubin
“”Crossed Legs in 1930 Shanghai: ‘How Modern’ The Modern Woman, by Francesca Dal Lago
“Voicing the Feminine: Construction of the kindred subject in Lyric poetry by women of Medieval and late Imperial China ”, by Maureen Robertson
On my To Read list:
Geography of Thought: How Asians & Westerners Think, by Richard : Nesbit, 2004
Women Writers of Traditional China: An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism, Kang-i Sun Chang (Editor), Haun Saussy (Editor)
Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period through the Song Dynasty, by Robin Wang , 2003
Empresses and Consorts: Selections from Chen Shou's "Records of the Three States" with Pei Songzhi's Commentary (review)
Sherry J. Mou
Chen, Shou, 233-297. Empresses and consorts: selections from Chen Shou's "Records of the Three States" with Pei Songzhi's commentary.
Pei, Songzhi, 372-451.
Cutter, Robert Joe.
Crowell, William Gordon.
Empresses -- China.
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Elec. ISBN: 9780819571991
Print ISBN: 9780819551306
It's been a pilgrimage for Annie Dillard: from Tinker Creek to the Galapagos Islands, the high Arctic, the Pacific Northwest, the Amazon Jungle--and now, China. This informative narrative is full of fascinating people: Chinese people, mostly writers, who encounter American writers in various bizarre circumstances in both China and the U.S. There is a toasting scene at a Chinese banquet; a portrait of a bitter, flirtatious diplomat at a dance hall; a formal meeting with Chinese writers; a conversation with an American businessman in a hotel lobby; an evening with long-suffering Chinese intellectuals in their house; a scene in the Beijing foreigners' compound with an excited European journalist; and a scene of unwarranted hilarity at the Beijing Library. In the U.S., there is Allen Ginsberg having a bewildering conversation in Disneyland with a Chinese journalist; there is the lovely and controversial writer Zhang Jie suiting abrupt mood changes to a variety of actions; and the
re is the fiercely spirited Jiange Zilong singing in a Connecticut dining room, eyes closed. These are real stories told with a warm and lively humor, with a keen eye for paradox, and with fresh insight into the human drama.
Part One: A Man of the World
Part Two: Zhang Jie
Bhatt, S.R., and Anu Mehrotra. Buddhist Epistemology. Praeger Publishing: 2000. This is a very learned book; in fewer than 100 pages of the main text (excluding appendices and other critical apparatus), the authors pack a tremendous amount of information. The book focuses on giving a taxonomy of a wide range of Indian Buddhist schools whose epistemological theories differ significantly in their details. Thus, it wasn’t terribly useful to me, given my particular circumstances: someone who knows a lot about (Western) epistemology, something about Buddhism, and nothing about Buddhist epistemology. I was hoping for more of a general survey of the major themes in Buddhist epistemology (i.e., emphasizing what the different schools have in common) rather than a careful exposition of the differences among the schools. In addition, given our NEH focus on China, the book’s exclusive focus on Indian Buddhism made it more difficult for me to incorporate its insights into my own work.
Lai, Karyn L. An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy. Cambridge University Press: 2008. A relatively readable introduction to the most important persons and schools in early Chinese philosophy. The title is a little misleading; the book ends with the development of Buddhism in China through the Tang dynasty (over a thousand years ago), so readers who pick up this book looking for a guide to contemporary Chinese philosophy will be disappointed.
Li, Chenyang (ed.) The Sage and the Second Sex: Confucianism, Ethics, and Gender. Open Court: 2000. First of all, hands down the cleverest title of all the books on this bibliography. This book is a collection of essays on the vexing problem of whether it is possible to reconcile Confucian philosophy (with its apparent patriarchy and misogyny) and feminism. Although all of the authors (at least as far as I could tell) were hopeful for some kind of synthesis, within that orientation there is a nice range of perspectives: the contributors are both Western and Chinese, and work in philosophy, history, languages and cultures, religion, and literature. (Philosophers dominate, however—accounting for about half of the essays.) The introduction and first two essays very nicely lay out how a Confucian feminism might go; the remaining essays flesh out that thesis in various ways. It is helpful to have some background in Chinese history and philosophy before reading this book, so I wouldn’t recommend it as the first text to use when thinking about Confucianism and feminism. (A much better choice for novices in Rosenlee’s book above.) But a very helpful text for scholars interested in pursuing this question.
Liu, JeeLoo. An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: From Ancient Philosophy to Chinese Budhism. Blackwell Publishing: 2006. A nice, readable introduction to the most important schools and figures in early Chinese philosophy. Liu gives each figure or school about 25 pages (and the book is still over 400 pages long!), enough to get a sense of the development of their thought.
Rosenlee, Li-Hsiang Lisa. Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation. SUNY Press: 2006. For many scholars—both in the West and in China—Confucian philosophy is patriarchal and misogynist. (I was once told by a distinguished Chinese scholar that a Confucian feminism was “impossible.”) Rosenlee argues that it is not inherently sexist, though admittedly much of Confucian philosophy as historically practiced was sexist. She argues for this conclusion by contextualizing the development of Confucianism in a patriarchal and misogynist culture, searching in between the cracks, as it were, for Confucian concepts that allow for gender ethics. She finds these concepts in the concepts of yin-yang and nei-wai. The book concludes by articulating how we might develop a more feminist ethics from these resources. A very interesting work opening the door for Confucian feminism.