Download E-books Petals from the Sky PDF

By Mingmei Yip

From the acclaimed writer of Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a lush and lyrical novel of East and West--and of 1 younger woman's look for her heart's actual calling. . .
When twenty-year-old Meng Ning pronounces that she desires to be a Buddhist nun, her mom is aghast. In her eyes, a nun's lifestyles capability merely deprivation--"no freedom, no love, no meat." yet to Meng Ning, it ability the opportunity to regulate her personal future, and to dwell in an oasis of track, paintings, and poetry faraway from her parents' unsatisfied union.

With an enigmatic nun referred to as Yi Kong, "Depending on Emptiness," as her mentor, Meng Ning spends the subsequent ten years learning in another country, disdaining males, and getting ready to go into the nunnery. Then, a fireplace breaks out at her Buddhist retreat, and Meng Ning is carried to safeguard via Michael Fuller, a tender American health practitioner. The exceptional actual touch stirs her interest. And as their tentative friendship grows intimate, Meng Ning realizes she needs to make a choice from the sensual and the religious life.

From the austere great thing about China's Buddhist temples to the whirlwind of Manhattan's social elite, and the bright bustle of Paris and Hong Kong, here's a novel of pleasure and heartbreak--and of the outstanding paths that lead us the place we so much have to be.

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"Lovely and poignant. . .a novel of heartache, but in addition one in every of desire because the robust heroine by no means provides in." --Curled Up With an outstanding Book

"Beautiful and evocative, genuine and heart-wrenching. . .insightful and memorable." --Romantic Times

"A infrequent peek into an unique tradition that's exciting, attractive, and moving." –Shobhan Bantwal

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Download E-books Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China PDF

An insider's account of existence in Gao village in Jiangxi province in China, the writer of this article was once born and taken up within the village, prior to leaving on the age of 21 to review English at Xiamen college. He nonetheless returns every year to the village to go to his brother who maintains to stay there. The paintings covers a forty 12 months interval and will be divided up into 4 unique issues: the village earlier than and after land reform; the commune method; the dismantling of the communes; and the unfolding impression of the industry economic climate - together with becoming migration to city components - from the late-1980s onwards. the writer concludes that even though the PRC has continuously discriminated opposed to rural citizens, who're generically known as "peasants", the unconventional rules applied in the course of the Cultural Revolution caused obvious advancements in schooling and future health care.

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Download E-books A Short History of China and Southeast Asia: Tribute, Trade and Influence (A Short History of Asia series) PDF

By Martin Stuart-Fox

This informative yet concise historical past of China and Southeast Asia is ideal for tourists, scholars, academics, and businesspeople. moveable and attractively designed, it contains colour illustrations, maps, and a quick heritage of the zone. Explored are kin among China and Southeast Asia throughout millennia; styles of international relations, advertisement networks, and migration; and the way those have diverse over the years. With a spotlight on smooth historical past, this can be a attention-grabbing account of imperial ambition, inner cave in and revival, cultural and advertisement endeavors, and battle and revolution. vital perception into the complex heritage of the fastest-growing area on the earth is offered.

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Download E-books Shanghai Escape (Holocaust Remembrance Series) PDF

Shanghai, China, turns out an not going vacation spot for Jewish refugees attempting to break out the harsh anti-Semitic legislation of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi celebration ahead of the second one international conflict. yet whereas such a lot nations have been unwilling to offer shelter to Jews, China used to be one position that did. greater than twenty thousand eu Jews discovered safe haven in Shanghai among 1937 and 1939.

Lily Toufar and her relatives arrive in Shanghai in 1938, having fled from Vienna at the eve of Kristallnacht. Shanghai is an odd position for this vivid younger lady. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and stressed from Hitler, the japanese govt in Shanghai has ordered Jewish refugees to maneuver right into a ghetto in a space of Shanghai referred to as Hongkew. there's little nutrients to devour and terrible sanitation, and affliction is rampant. For Lily, lifestyles turns into grueling after her family members is pressured into the ghetto. Lily endures the tricky stipulations, continuously looking forward to an finish to the warfare and a go back to basic lifestyles.

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Download E-books The Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in modern China (IS Books) PDF

By Nigel Harris

For radicals in Europe and North the USA, the anti-imperialist—and Chinese—revolutions endured the nice activity of 1789, 1848, and 1870, the “bourgeois revolution” in Marx’s phrases, and the production of countries that will unlock the energies and team spirit of function to create new worlds of prosperity and freedom. The nationalist concentration ended in an emphasis on autarkic development—the state, it was once stated, already possessed inside its personal obstacles the entire standards and assets to compare the accomplishments of world civilization.

The overthrow of empire within the Fifties and 1960s—of which the arriving to energy of the chinese language Communist occasion in 1949 used to be a very important part—seemed to augur a brand new period in global background, one during which nearly all of the world’s inhabitants secured liberation. there has been might be a feeling during which this was once precise, however the truth for almost all was once some distance faraway from this giddy desire. And in relation to the standard chinese language, the newly “liberated” regime proved way more brutal and exacting than those who it had changed (which additionally attained excessive criteria of brutality and injustice). In China the nice famine of 1958–62 used to be in basic terms the main spectacularly merciless and gratuitous fabricated from that new order.

For the previous population of the previous empires, nationwide liberation became out to be no longer liberation of all, however the construction of a brand new nationwide ruling category, as usually as now not exploiting its place at domestic to make fortunes then smuggled abroad.

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Download E-books Collection of ZhangLei (Chinese classical literature series) (中国古典文学基本丛书:张耒集) PDF

By 张耒

张耒是北宋晚期的一位重要诗人,张耒青年时代游学陈州,以文章受知于学官苏辙,因而得从苏轼门下,苏轼称其文“汪洋淡泊,有一唱三叹之声”,在苏轼的挹提携下,张耒与黄庭坚、晁補之,泰颧一时并有文名,世称“苏门四学士”,本书是所传张耒各种本子的合集,极具研究收藏价值。

张耒(1054-1114),北宋诗人。字文潜,号柯山。祖籍亳州谯县(今安徽省亳县)人,生长于楚州淮阴(今属江苏省清江)。为“苏门四学士”之一。张耒自幼聪慧,13岁即能文,从学于苏轼,颇受苏轼的爱重。神宗·熙宁六年(1073年)中进士,历任临淮主簿、寿安尉、咸平县丞,著作郎、史馆检诗等职。哲宗·结圣初,以直龙阁知润州。徽宗·元祐初占试馆阁,授秘书省正字,官至起居舍人。绍圣中被指为元祐党人,谪监黄州酒税,徙复州,数遭贬谪。徽宗继位,始立黄州通判,知兖州,召为太常少卿,不久出知颍、汝二州。在颍州得到苏轼死讯,举哀行服。自苏轼、苏辙、黄庭坚、晁补之相继去世,张耒独存,士人均向他问学。张耒文风,源于三苏,主张文理并重,平易舒坦。对南宋诗人学习唐调,开了风气。风格与柳永、秦观相近,代表作有《少年游》、《风流子》等。《少年游》写闺情离思,那娇羞少女的情态跃然纸上,让人羡煞爱煞,那份温情美妙真是有点“浓得化不开”之酣意。其佳句“漱井消午醉,扫花坐晚凉”,“川坞半夜雨,卧冷五更秋”,“翠浪有声黄帽动,春风无力彩旗垂”等,很受人们称赏。创作以诗歌成就最高,集中有乐府诗、古律诗30余卷,近1700首,除个人抒情遣怀之作外,多以田野风光、稼穑艰难和民生疾苦居多,颇有白居易、张籍、王建之风,不尚雕琢。如《田家》、《海州道中》等。他的写景抒怀诗,真醇自然,清新圆润,而人寻味。如咏乡土风物和农夫忧乐,反映出卖苦力者艰辛的《劳歌》,描绘农人劳动“半归仓廪半输王”痛苦的《输麦行》,写迫于饥寒农民操戈为盗的《和晁应之悯农》等,在题材和思想的开拓上颇具新意。张耒诗风以平易、流丽、晓畅见长,很少硬语僻典,晁补之曾在《题文潜诗册后》赞称说:“君诗容易不著意,忽似春风开百花。”。苏轼则在《答张文潜书》中称其文甚似苏辙:“汪洋淡泊,有一唱三叹之声。”不过,张耒写诗,长于锻造佳句,短于谋篇布局,有时琢炼不够,部分作品不免流于草率粗疏。张耒写词甚少,《能改斋漫录》卷十七录其《少年游》、《秋蕊香》词,谓:“元祐诸公皆有乐府,唯张仅见此二词。”可知其词当时却不多见。今人辑得《柯山词》仅6首,其中《秋蕊香》、《风流子》写得深婉多情,风调略与秦观祠相近。张耒有《柯山集》50卷,《拾遗》12卷,《续拾遗》1卷,存武英殿聚珍藏版福建本、广雅书局本。《张右史文集》60卷,有《四部丛刊》影印旧钞本,《宛丘集》76卷,有《四库全书》本。见于《宛丘集》而不见于《柯山集》的诗文,已辑入《拾遗》中。
  这次整理的《张耒集》,是所传张耒各种本子的合集。此外,我们又从《竹坡诗话》、《诗林广记》、《全芳憊祖》等书中辑出诗十六首(句)、赞文一首,编为《佚文辑存》附后。有关张耒的传记资料及版本序跋等,亦一并附后憊考。底本原有的序跋、年谱等,也并入书末附录中。张耒另有《张太史明道杂志》一卷,属笔记体专著,这次整理未予收入。为了查检方便,书后附有篇目索引。

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Download E-books A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers PDF

By Xiaolu Guo

Language and love collide during this creative novel of a tender chinese language woman's trip to the West and her makes an attempt to appreciate the language, and the fellow, she adores.Zhuang – or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners – has come to London to review English, yet unearths herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who alterations every thing, major her right into a global of self-discovery. She quickly realizes that, within the West, “love” doesn't continually suggest almost like in China, and for you to examine the entire phrases within the English language and nonetheless no longer comprehend your lover. and because the novel progresses with gradually bettering grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension the entire extra poignant. With gleaming wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an totally unique novel approximately id and the cultural divide.

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Download E-books Buddha's Warriors: The Story of the CIA-Backed Tibetan Freedom Fighters, the Chinese Communist Invasion, and the Ultimate Fall of Tibet PDF

By Mikel Dunham

Buddha's Warriors is the 1st publication that brings to lifestyles Tibet earlier than the chinese language communist invasions and depicts the transition of peaceable clergymen to warriors with the aid of the CIA.

Tibet within the final sixty years has been quite a bit mystified and politicized that the area at huge is pressured approximately what quite occurred to the "Rooftop of the World" while Mao Tse-tung invaded its borders in 1950. There are dramatically conflicting debts from Beijing and Dharamsala (home of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile). including to the confusion is the romanticized spin that Western writers and filmmakers have followed so one can appease the preferred delusion of Shangri-La.

Buddha's Warriors isn't any fairy story. Set in a story framework yet depending seriously at the oral transcripts of the Tibetan males who really fought the chinese language, Buddha's Warriors tells, for the 1st time, the interior tale of those ancient advancements, whereas drawing a bright photograph of Tibetan existence sooner than, in the course of, and after Mao's takeover. The firsthand money owed, amassed by way of the writer over a interval of 7 years, deliver faces and deeply own feelings to the leading edge of this ongoing tragedy. it's a saga of courageous squaddies and cowardly traitors. It's approximately desire opposed to desolation, braveness opposed to repression, atheism opposed to Buddhism. particularly, it's approximately what occurs to an old civilization whilst it truly is thrust in a single day into the fashionable horrors of twentieth-century conflict.

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Download E-books Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China PDF

By Jung Chang

A New York Times impressive Book
An NPR most sensible e-book of the Year

In 1852, at age 16, Cixi used to be selected as considered one of Emperor Xianfeng’s quite a few concubines. whilst he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi straight away introduced a coup opposed to her son’s regents and positioned herself because the precise resource of power—governing via a silk monitor that separated her from her male officials.
        Drawing on newly on hand assets, Jung Chang comprehensively overturns Cixi’s attractiveness as a conservative despot. Cixi’s impressive reign observed the start of recent China. lower than her, the traditional kingdom attained industries, railways, electrical energy, and an army with updated weaponry. She abolished foot-binding, inaugurated women’s liberation, and launched into a route to introduce vote casting rights. filled with drama, this groundbreaking biography powerfully reforms our view of a very important interval in China’s—and the world’s—history. 

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