What You Don't Know, What You Need to Know- A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language
Praise for CHINA SMART 5/5 "An invaluable resource for travelers to China as well as those who want to learn more about the country in a succinct format without having the need to page through dry and dense history tomes." -The Manhattan Book Review Praise for his previous work CHINA SURVIVAL GUIDE "An ideal, pocket-sized, 264 page compendium packed from cover to cover with practical advice, insightful commentary, and invaluable tips on places to go, things to see, what to do, and what to avoid. . . . China Survival Guide should be considered an essential 'take-along' for anyone visiting China for business or pleasure." -Midwest Book Review, May 2014 "Like [having] a professional guide walking alongside you answering your many questions. . . . A must for your next China visit!" -Travel Answer Man Online "Thank goodness for Larry and Qin Herzberg! Their book was invaluable in helping me anticipate some of the more foreign aspects of traveling in China, not to mention that the book is hilarious! Travel groups will benefit from their expertise on surviving in China with grace and humor." -Susan Glassburn Larimer, China Travel Coordinator, Indiana University School of Social Work Praise for his previous work BASIC PATTERNS OF CHINESE GRAMMAR Typically enthusiastic ONLINE reviewer says: "I am stunned, stuffed and totally amazed that "Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar...." wasn't one of the compulsory first year texts for a Mandarin speak-read-write course ! It is critical for any student aspiring to speak Mandarin / Hanyu to buy this book as soon as possible ( I can't emphasize this entreaty strongly enough - BUY THIS BOOK ). Others have given the technical reasons for buying it so as a struggling, long-suffering, ongoing student I'll restrict myself to endorsing it." Praise for his previous work CHINESE PROVERBS AND POPULAR SAYINGS "Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings is for everyday readers looking for pithy sayings, deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and a unique look at the Chinese language." -The Rapidian
Larry Herzberg studied Chinese for five years at Vanderbilt University before doing his Master's and Ph.D. work in Chinese Language and Literature at Indiana University. In 1980 he founded the Chinese Language Program at Albion College and then did the same at Calvin College in 1984. For the past three decades he has taught the Chinese language at the college level. He is author of Speak and Read Chinese and along with his wife, Qin Xue Herzberg, of China Survival Guide, Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar, Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings (all from Stone Bridge Press), and A Writing Guide for Learners of Chinese (Yale University Press).
TABLE OF CONTENTS Note to the Reader China's Past CHAPTER 1 Origin of the word "China" CHAPTER 2 The Great Wall CHAPTER 3 The imperial examination system CHAPTER 4 Two bloody civil wars in China CHAPTER 5 China's Queen Elizabeth I CHAPTER 6 Hua Mulan CHAPTER 7 Foot-binding CHAPTER 8 Zheng He, the Sailor CHAPTER 9 History of tea in China CHAPTER 10 History of silk production in China CHAPTER 11 The history of porcelain CHAPTER 12 Invention of printing CHAPTER 13 Origin of bonsai, tofu, and koi CHAPTER 14 U.S. opium trade with China CHAPTER 15 Chinese Educational Mission CHAPTER 16 Chinese immigration to the U.S. CHAPTER 17 Chiang Kai-shek CHAPTER 18 Mao Ze-dong and his Legacy China's Society, Culture, and Language CHAPTER 19 Terms for Family Members in Chinese CHAPTER 20 Chinese Holidays CHAPTER 21 The nature of the Chinese written language CHAPTER 22 The Spoken Chinese Language CHAPTER 23 Chinese dialects CHAPTER 24 Chinese surnames CHAPTER 25 Pronunciation of Chinese names in U.S. and British media CHAPTER 26 Sayings falsely attributed to the Chinese CHAPTER 27 Lucky and unlucky numbers in Chinese CHAPTER 28 Ethnic groups in China CHAPTER 29 Differences between Chinese culture and Japanese culture China Today CHAPTER 30 The Communist Party and the Government CHAPTER 31 The Chinese Military CHAPTER 32 China's Population CHAPTER 33 The Biggest Cities in China CHAPTER 34 China's Economic Growth and Rise in Personal Incomes CHAPTER 35 Gender Equality CHAPTER 36 Marriage and Divorce CHAPTER 37 The LGBT Community CHAPTER 38 Youth Culture CHAPTER 39 Automobiles in China CHAPTER 40 Pollution in China CHAPTER 41 Religion in China CHAPTER 42 Chinese students in the U.S. CHAPTER 43 Chinese-American restaurants CHAPTER 44 American fast-food restaurants in China CHAPTER 45 Most Chinese don't eat dog meat! CHAPTER 46 High-speed railway system in China CHAPTER 47 The Cashless Society CHAPTER 48 The Internet and Social Media CHAPTER 49 Social Changes and New Laws CHAPTER 50 The Arts and Western Classical Music CHAPTER 51 China's Emerging Role in the World At a Glance China Map China Fast Facts China Timeline and Dynasties Milestones in Chinese History Great Chinese Artists Classic Chinese Texts Powerful Chinese Leaders and Politicans Bibliography Index