By Linsun CHENG, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Kerry Brown, Chatham House, Winberg Chai, University of Wyoming, Joan Lebold Cohen
In 5 large-format volumes and approximately 1,000 expert-written articles, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China presents unequalled perception into chinese language background and tradition this present day in approximately one thousand interesting articles that come with every little thing from Adoption and Banking to Wound Literature and Zhou Dynasty. China is altering our global, and Berkshire Publishing, identified for its award-winning encyclopedias on a big selection of worldwide concerns together with the award-winning six-volume Encyclopedia of recent Asia, is proud to submit the 1st significant source designed for college students, lecturers, businesspeople, executive officers, and travelers looking a better knowing of China this day. The Berkshire Encyclopedia of China deals authoritative articles from recognized students in China in addition to within the West, and it's been compiled with strict ideas approximately stability and objectivity via a writer devoted to supplying really worldwide views that would empower 21st-century scholars, international voters, and leaders in company and govt. The Berkshire Encyclopedia of China does even more than conceal the heritage of China. it really is particularly meant to assist scholars and execs who have to enhance their wisdom of the humanities, trust structures, enterprise, communications, demographics, schooling, legislations and politics, minority teams, average assets, nearby and diplomacy, social welfare, and expertise. inside those different types, there are wide thematic essays, which function anchors or touchstones for the paintings as a complete, in addition to brief entries in regards to the humans, occasions, strategies, and fabric items which are necessary to knowing China. There are articles on very important businesses and corporations, in addition to on activities, gala's, and different facets of pop culture. And the encyclopedia brings up correct as much as the current, with info on running a blog and net use, human rights, and in another country returnees (the sea turtles). It even seems to be to the long run with articles on renewable power and the 2010 international s reasonable in Shanghai. The encyclopedia can be thoroughly interdisciplinary in its assurance and association. Contributing authors contains political scientists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, geographers, historians, scientists, artists, educators, and different specialists. due to cooperation with many chinese language students established in China, the encyclopedia is the 1st significant paintings additionally to hide China from the chinese language viewpoint. Succinct, accessibly written, and illustrated articles (500-3,000 words), each one starting with a quick precis or summary. each one article prepared so it may be copied or revealed for person use (up to ten copies for a unmarried lecture room use at no cost for additional copies, please make funds through Copyright Clearance Center). web page margins that make it effortless to repeat articles for school room use on either US letter-size and foreign A4 paper. Article titles in English, chinese language characters, and a Pinyin transliteration with tone marks, and chinese language characters and transliterations in articles updated info that scholars and non-specialists can comprehend. clever, insightful dialogue of debatable matters. Articles approximately China on this planet this day, with a spotlight on its cultural, political, and fiscal relationships, army growth, human and spiritual rights News-related assurance: social and environmental concerns meals safeguard, new communications and media net Use, running a blog, and subject matters correct to the worldwide fiscal crisis-Stock Markets, Beijing Consensus and forex Valuation. Over 1,200 particular images Maps, timelines, basic resource sidebars, and dozens of conventional proverbs. excellent for writing papers. perfect for basic schooling approximately China. priceless for readers studying chinese language.
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The imagery, as translated from the Greek, suggests an athletic contest in a great amphitheater (“run with perseverance”). Many of those involved in the Encyclopedia of China are convinced that through scholarly cooperation—which, like running a race, can be as arduous as it is exhilarating—we can bridge differences, create new understanding, and build a better world and future for children in China, Western nations, and around the world. My sense that there has been “a great cloud of witnesses” involved in this endeavor extends beyond that theme.
From those first days Joan recorded all she could with her camera—while exploring the landscape, touring factories or agricultural communes, wandering through markets, or attending official meetings. Joan documented the China she saw—which was already beginning a period of rapid change—from sophisticated Shanghai to the vast but sparsely populated terrain of Xinjiang. As a student of China history and art—and later as a lecturer and teacher—Joan developed an astute sense of how the real and often rugged world she was experiencing connected to China’s past.
I could feel the energy and determination of the whole population. I relished the conviviality and humor of the people I met, and the sense of possibility I felt in the air along with an intense focus on what lay ahead—it was all irresistible. As an environmental author, two of whose books have been translated into Chinese, I was acutely aware of the influence, for good or ill, that China would have on my own and my children’s future. But I knew nothing, really, about China. I decided that I needed to learn, and that I had to find ways to help other Westerners, young and old, learn about China.