Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Heritage of ChinaContemporary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Ropp

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780520064409

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520064409.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see http://california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 16 December 2017

Western Perceptions of China from the Late Sixteenth Century to the Present

Western Perceptions of China from the Late Sixteenth Century to the Present

Chapter:
(p.1) One Western Perceptions of China from the Late Sixteenth Century to the Present
Source:
Heritage of China
Author(s):

Paul S. Ropp

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520064409.003.0001

This book portrays for the general reader or the beginning student of China some of the diverse achievements and distinctive characteristics of traditional Chinese civilization, not for their economic or foreign policy implications but rather as significant elements of common human experience. Comparisons between traditional China and the contemporary West are usually very misleading. By comparing China and the West over a span of centuries, it becomes abundantly apparent that contemporary Western ways of living and thinking are of very recent origin. Several chapters in this book investigate how China and the West have affected each other in different areas, but the chapters as a whole suggest that such influences have not been terribly important in either culture. Other chapters show the inadequacy of old stereotypes of a “changeless China”.

Keywords:   traditional China, Chinese civilization, contemporary West, culture, stereotypes

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.