Chinese Culture Essays


Aristotle and Confucius on Virtue

inherent intimacy and training in ethics (Yu, 1998).   Differences between Ancient Greek and chinese culture According to Zalta (2014), the chinese culture is strongly focused on how one should live. This has to do with what a worthwhile life constitutes, ones responsibility towards family as compared to strangers, and whether the nature of humans is inclined to being morally good or bad. It also delves into how one ought to respond to the world of non humans and the amount of involvement one should be obliged to reform the wider socio-political setups in their society; including how to behave when… Continue Reading...

Political Structures in the Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasties

one of the world's oldest and greatest civilizations and has a rich, 5000-year-old history is China. The chinese culture can be traced back to an assortment of small, early tribes that grew to become modern-day China (Chafilwa, 2012). According to Ahmed (2015), after the Han dynasty's disorganized and divided reign came to an end, the country experienced a period of preeminence beginning from 589 C.E. From 589 to 1279 C.E., it underwent reunification, achievement, chaos and renaissance. The Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties are credited with being the main chronological contributors to the aforementioned phases.   The Sui Dynasty… Continue Reading...

Poems and Chinese Literature

"Curriculum Vitae" which is suggestive of the journey that the chinese culture Revolution culminated in. Again, this fact is underscored by the usage of a path which is the speaker is traveling. The speaker communicates the fact that he or she "walked out, followed a chalk road, walked into a town" (Cheng). The reference to road is the primary imagery which connChinese Cultural Revolution in Literature There are a number of stark images found in the works of literature reviewed by Dao, Cheng, and Hua in this assignment. Specifically, this paper details the imagery evinced in Bei Dao's "Resume,"… Continue Reading...

Role Of Confucianism in Art in China

paintings. Moreover, artists showed how important Buddhism and Daoism became to chinese culture, with the fusion between Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. This fusion can be seen in the way artists depict nature and harmony, the use of positive and negative (yin and yang) spaces, and in the pursuit of enlightenment via contemplation. References Kleiner, F. S. (2016a). Gardner's art through the ages: Non-western art since 1300 (15th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. Kleiner, F. S. (2016b). Gardner's art through the ages: Non-western art to 1300 (15th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. Ma Yuan. "Scholar Viewing a Waterfall." Image: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1973.120.9/… Continue Reading...

Cross Cultural Impact Of China on Vietnam Today

Vietnamese people were heavily influenced by several aspects of chinese culture and society, including its political theories, academic standards, administrative practices for government operation and religious orientations. As a result, Vietnam became sinicized long before other regions in Southeast Asia that are now a part of China. It is important to note, though, that this dependency on China also served to create a sense of national identity in the Vietnamese people. For instance, the author notes that, "Chinese rule gave the Vietnamese people -- through the imposition of Chinese social, bureaucratic, and familial forms -- a cohesion that guaranteed… Continue Reading...

Japan and Confucianism in Art and Society

below stands in a Chinese-style garden park in Tottori, Japan. It reflects the immense impact that chinese culture has had on Japan, especially in the form of Confucianism. China gave to Japan much food for thought: from the mainland came Confucianism, Buddhism and Lao-Tzu -- all of which were combined in the doctrine of Neo-Confucianism that also was brought from China to Japan by Zen monks who traveled to the mainland for study. What Confucianism gave to Japan was a system of law, order, respect, veneration and duty that appealed to various persons throughout the state. The concept of… Continue Reading...

How Confucianism Impacted China

from the traditional teachings that had for many years served as the bedrock of chinese culture. Confucius supported these traditional concepts -- such as devotion to family, respect for ancestors and older persons, and what has been called the Golden Rule -- i.e., one should treat others that way that one wants to be treated. Confucius himself was neither a commoner nor an aristocrat. His family's class was between the two -- so he was afforded the opportunity of seeing how both lived by looking from the outside in. He developed an objective manner that enabled him to see… Continue Reading...

Oreo's Entry into China and India

market revealed to Oreo early on that its approach was incorrect. It could not treat the chinese culture as though it were the same as the American culture. Mattel would make that same mistake when opening its House of Barbie (Burkitt, 2013; Wang, 2012). The chinese culture (like the India culture) was price-conscious -- far more than the American culture that Oreo was used to. Thus, the company's first mistake was adopting a short-term, short-sighted approach to the new market and pricing its products too high. The other mistake it made was thinking it could sell the same American… Continue Reading...

Comparing Different Cultural Views on Aging

attitude towards aging here in the West. Another culture is the chinese culture: their traditional Confucian belief system holds that it is especially important to respect and venerate one's elders and ancestors. Confucianism is not so much a religion as a philosophy or way of life, and while there is a spiritual aspect to its underpinnings, one of the main tenets of the belief system is that younger persons should respect older persons (Parker, 2001). For this reason, as people age in chinese culture, it is expected and understood that the younger family members will look after the older. In… Continue Reading...

Chinese Literature

are Chinese and display a marked affinity for the intimate details surrounding chinese culture, which factors prominently in each respective tale. Still, there is a distinct point of differentiation in these works when it comes to the notion of female agency, and how it is displayed in each piece. It is significant that female agency factors into each of these tales. However, "Granny" is largely a story about a somewhat unconventional matriarch who is able to become the provider for a host of people. The concept of female agency in Chang's piece is centered around conventional notions of masculinity… Continue Reading...

Chinese Stories About Cultural Hybridity

Wandering in the Garden and Soul Mountain In comparing and contrasting the literary techniques of "Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream" and "Soul Mountain," one of the biggest contrasts between the two stories is perspective: Gao Xingjian's "Soul Mountain" is written in the 2nd person, while Pai Hsien-yung's "Wandering in the Garden" is written in 3rd person. The narrator in each story is omniscient, which is their biggest similarity -- but the two differ in style in the sense that "Wandering in the Garden" has a stream-of-consciousness manner that runs through it, taking the reader deep into the… Continue Reading...

Cultural Interaction and American Revolution

the conclusion that martial art is a significant cultural practice in the chinese culture. This conclusion is informed by the several Chinese films that I have watched that have largely been characterized by Martial Arts. This predominance of martial arts in these films informed the conclusion I have drawn from the chinese culture. UNIT 4 DISCUSSION I am visiting a new country within a different culture from my culture. I am aware of the cultural differences and the possibilities of misunderstanding. There are significant cultural differences in perceptions of time, communication styles and gender roles between the two cultures.… Continue Reading...

Why Music Matters and the History Of Slavery

the sounds and be captivated and driven to learn more about chinese culture and history. I do not believe that music has universal effects on people. At the same time, there is no mistaking the ways some kinds of music do have similar effects on people. Soothing ambient music is bound to have measurable effects on brain waves, regardless of whether the person has heard the music before, the cultural context, or even if the person likes the music. It is important to understand why music matters because it helps us to be more aware of the functions of… Continue Reading...

Ip Man the Grandmaster and Women in Kung Fu

one. Chen Shichao succeeded in leading the Jingwu precisely because she associated martial arts with chinese culture: for her, it was a cultural mission to be able to promote martial arts for women. The arts embodied the values, discipline and control that chinese culture traditionally promoted and in the 20th century it stood to reason that women should also be upholding these values. Thus, in 1918, she established the Jingwu Women'sTeam and became the Jingwu Women's Sports Association's director two years later. Thanks to her leadership and guidance, many women took to the martial arts and became a field in… Continue Reading...

Gun Fu and Hong Kong Cinema

and morality of its protagonist, while throwing in some melodramatic, sentimental, moralistic tones inspired by chinese culture's deep religious and philosophical traditions. It made for a fine and elegant slop that only the most visionary of directors, like Woo, could pull off. So many threads to keep together at once is not easily achieved -- and over-indulgence in any one thread line would yield less than stellar results, as Woo's ill-advised Paycheck showed. The glue that could keep them all together, of course, was bullets -- lots and lots of bullets: the one ingredient that any modern action film… Continue Reading...

Marketing Distribution Issues

it attempted to open its Barbie store there because it failed to consider the chinese culture and how it differed from the American culture. The Chinese simply were not interested in the American Barbie doll, which represented ideals of freedom, independence and individuality, as these ideals were counter to the ideals of duty, conformity and discipline that the Chinese promoted. Also, the dolls were too expensive and the Chinese could purchase knock-offs for much cheaper on the black market. Thus, the second type of information I would consider would be what other competitors are doing in the market. Is… Continue Reading...

The Traditional and Nutritional Values Of the Chinese Cultural Diet

76.4 in total. This is a testament that the chinese culture importance on nutrition is to a recognizable extent, effective. However, while life expectancy might sound encouraging, there are other health challenges related to diet in the country. Having experienced changes in dietary pattern in the past decades, some of the negative effects accompanied the food Chinese taste revolutions are obesity and other diet-related communicable diseases. Being the world most populous country, the Asian tiger, while having a representation of food sufficiency in some quarters, still has a substantial percentage of her population grappled by the shortage of food.… Continue Reading...