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Alan Lee

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. 

David Leese

Annotated References – N.E.H. China Program


  1. Chang, Kang-I Sun and Haun Saussy, Women Writers of Traditional China, ISBN 0-8047-3231-0.
    Chang’s anthology of Chinese poetry from 200-1911 A.D. encompasses a very diverse sample, which includes brief biographies, endnotes and critical appraisals.
  2. Cai, Zong-Qi, How to Read Chinese Poetry, ISBN 978-0-231-13941-0.
    Cai provides close textual readings of Chinese poems, explained in the cultural and historical context of Chinese society. This extensive introduction to Chinese poetry includes every poem’s original Chinese text, its transliterated equivalent and its English translation. This text includes a thorough, theoretical analysis of the translations of Chinese poetry.
  3. Dale, Ralph Alan, Tao Te Ching, ISBN 978-0-7607-4998-2.
    This beautifully illustrated translation of Lau Tzu’s foundational text provides a photographic response to The Tao, including a translation and the original Chinese text. This is a poetic translation of Lau Tzu’s influential religious and philosophical work.
  4. Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, Cambridge Illustrated History of China, second edition, ISBN 978-0-521-12433-1.
    Ebrey’s comprehensive review of over eight thousand years of Chinese cultural history contains extensive illustrations, which support Ebrey’s thorough study of the philosophical, religious, social and historical patterns in the development of Chinese civilization.
  5. Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, The Inner Quarters, ISBN 978-0-520-08158-1.
    This provides an intensive exploration of the marriage patterns and lives of Chinese women in the Song Dynasty period (960-1279).
  6. Fong, Grace S., Herself An Author.
    Fong’s work revives many Chinese female poetic voices which had been ignored or lost until her recent new and beautiful translations.
  7. Rexroth, Kenneth, Li Ch’ing-Chao: Complete Translated Poems, ISBN 978-0-8112-0745-4.
    The American poet, Kenneth Rexroth translated this anthology of all of Li Ch’ing Chao’s poetry. Rexroth’s collection provides a subtle translation of China’s most influential Chinese female poet and includes a biography and extensive endnotes. Li Ch’ing Chao was a scholar, classical historian, literary critic, art collector, painter, calligrapher and political commentator.
  8. Rexroth, Kenneth, Women Poets of China. ISBN 978-0-8112-0821-5.
    Rexroth’s translations introduce the voices of courtesans, palace women and Taoist priestesses. This collection expresses thoughts ranging from the abstract and aesthetic to the personal and sensuous. These are women who are evocative, seductive, abandoned, imprisoned, even rebellious. They are surprisingly honest and uninhibited, wild and reflective.
  9. Van Norden, Bryan, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy, ISBN 978-1-60384-468-0.
    This text provides a complex and subtle introduction to Chinese thought. Van Norden’s work is clearly written from an obvious love for analytical thought and an affection for Chinese culture.

Chinese Management

  1. Bouée, Charles Edward, China’s Management Revolution, ISBN 978-0-230-28545-3.
    This text asserts that, after 2008, China’s entrepreneurs have been developing a new and uniquely different Chinese style of management. It presents a challenging appraisal of both American and Chinese management.
  2. Fallow, James, China Airborne, ISBN 978-0-375-4221-9.
    James Fallow’s journalistic work studies the aircraft industry as a means of uncovering present challenges to Chinese managerial supremacy. What factors assist and inhibit China’s program to retake its position in the commercial marketplace?
  3. Gerth, Karl, As China Goes, So Goes the World, ISBN 978-0-8090-3429-1.
    Gerth explores the problems which China is encountering as it attempts to move from an export to a consumer-based economy. It discusses issues of branding, corruption, inspection and quality; and investigates the complex issues involving ecological challenges and pollution.
  4. Lee, Ann, What the U.S. Can Learn from China, ISBN 978-1-61994-124-6.
    Professor Lee presents a controversial appraisal of China’s management theories, arguing for the soundness of those developments which are leading the “China Miracle.”
  5. Naisbitt, John and Doris, China’s Megatrends, ISBN 978-0-06-185944-1.
    This work, highly praised by the People’s Daily, advocates for the soundness of China’s “eight pillars” of development by using Mao’s colloquial terms to describe their characteristics: “the emancipation of the mind,” “balancing the top-down and bottom-up,” “letting the trees grow,” and “crossing the river by feeling the stones.”
  6. Wasserstrom, Jeffrey, China in The 21st Century, ISBN 978-0-195394127-2.
    Wasserstrom’s text is an excellent introduction to Chinese culture for American students. It provides a short summary of those historical events and issues which are most relevant to understand today’s relationship between China and the West. Readers will enjoy its clear, scholarly and balanced account of China’s recent economic and political developments.



  1. Director Sidney Franklin, The Good Earth.
    This American enactment of Pear S. Buck’s novel is set in early 21st century China. It concerns the life of a peasant farmer and a kitchen slave. The acting today seems artificial and stilted; the Chinese also object to the emphasis on the abject poverty depicted in both novel and film. However, the cinematography allows modern audiences to appreciate how climate and geography have influenced the development of China’s extensive bureaucratic and military systems.
  2. Director Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
    Lee, a Taiwanese-born American film director, creates a magical past, set in 19th century China, replete with flying warriors, acrobatic swordswomen, romantic love – and the beauty and majesty of China.
  3. Director Ang, Lee, Lust, Caution.
    Lee’s adaptation of Eileen Chang’s novel of espionage, love, betrayal and ruthlessness, set in WWII-era Shanghai, is a gripping thriller.


  1. Director Sergei Bodrov, Mongol.
    Bedrov presents a panoramic, epic retelling of the life of Genghis Khan. The cinematography is breathtaking in this academy-award nominated film about the most influential military leader of Mongolia.


  1. Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Flowers of Shanghai.
    This Taiwanese director’s depiction of the brothels of 19th century Shanghai is inhabited by sleazy politicians, scheming madams, opium addicted patrons – all dressed in opulent silk gowns and highlighted by dimly-lit gas lanterns.

Mainland China

  1. Director Zhang Yimou, Raise the Red Lantern.
    Yimou is one of the most gifted filmmakers living today. Raise the Red Lantern is his early masterpiece, which concerns the desperate political struggle of four concubines and a rebellious servant in 1920’s Shanghai. In cinematography bathed in subtle coloring and sharp, bleak imagery, Yimou reveals the deadly battle among women who have no access to a life outside the confines of their prison-like compound.
  2. Director Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum.
    Yimou’s tale concerns a 1930’s peasant who is subjected to the brutalizing effects of the Japanese invasion and the oppressive and cruel domination of her leprous husband. Red Sorghum is both beautiful and chilling in its depiction of the powerlessness of Chinese peasantry, especially of its women.
  3. Director Zhang Yimou, Olympic Opening Ceremony, Beijing 2008.
    Yimou orchestrated China’s Olympic opening ceremony with a cast of tens of thousands, joining both traditional China to its modern, industrial, technology-intensive present. This is a stunning, overwhelming (almost frightening) display of a society which is confident in its use of power and its ability to control and discipline a massive society.
  4. Director Zhang Yimou, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.
    This movie portrays a father’s search for his son in a tale that intertwines the fate of a Japanese fisherman and an abandoned Chinese child. Riding Alone suggests ways in which two great Asian powers might learn to speak to one another.
  5. Director Zhang Yimou, Juo Dou
    Juo Dou presents the life of the wife of a wealthy silk dyer in 1920’s China. Forced into marriage, she is continually beaten and mistreated for failing to bare a male heir. Her desperation leads to an illicit, passionate, affair with her nephew. The beauty of the silk contrasts with the ugliness and despair of her life.
  6. Director Zhang Yimou, The Road Home
    The Road Home depicts the romantic life of a young schoolgirl who loves and marries her dedicated teacher, a selfless educator, in rural, impoverished China. This simple story reveals the hardship of a community whose poverty seems only to intensify as its government becomes more authoritarian.
  7. Director Zhang Yimou, House of Flying Daggers
    This is Zhang Yimou’s answer to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It features a blind martial arts dancer, who uses her athletic skills to oppose a repressive regime. The choreography and cinematography are stunning, epic and fantastic.
  8. Director Zhang Yimou, Hero
    Hero contains a spectacular martial arts display in which male and female warriors battle to overthrow an equally oppressive regime. The movie concludes, however, with a shocking ending, one which accepts a cruel, authoritarian regime in order to unify the country and halt endless tribal warfare.
  9. Director Zhang Yimou, Flowers of War
    Yimou’s attempt to use a fantastic plot to portray the brutal “rape of Nanking” seems overwrought and melodramatic. Sometimes shell-shocked children and motherly prostitutes should not be forced to share celluloid together. Nanking’s suffering was real; this movie rings false.
  10. Director Zhang Yimou, A Woman, A Gun, And a Noodleshop
    Have you ever wondered how the chilling plot of Blood Simple would translate into Chinese cinema? Blood Simple was an ingeniously, deliciously black comedy about violence in America. This is a silly, embarrassing imitation. Perhaps every cinematic genius can be allowed his or her own “Noodleshop.”
Jane Crawford

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.

Julie Feldman-Abe

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.

Michele Fine

Bibliography of Texts and Articles Read For NEH

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

Montserrat Reguant

China Review International

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.

Encounters with Chinese Writers

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.

Table of Contents




Author's Note 


Part One: A Man of the World 

Part Two: Zhang Jie

Paul Green

Annotated Bibliography 

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.