My Country and My People

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Author: Yutang Lin

Publisher: Hesperides Press

ISBN: 9781406724455

Category: History

Page: 396

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MY COUNTRY AND MY PEOPLEby LIN YUTANGINTRODUCTION In this atmosphere of change, the present intellectual youth of China has grown up. Where the fathers imbibed the doctrine of Confucius and learned the classics and revolted against them, these young people have been battered by many forces of the new times. They have been taught something of science, something of Christianity, something of atheism, something of free love, something of communism, something of Western philosophy, something of modern militarism, something, in fact, of everything. In the midst of the sturdy medievalism of the masses of their countrymen the young intellectuals have been taught the most extreme of every culture. Intellectually they have been forced to the same great omissions that China has made physically. They have skipped, figuratively speaking, from the period of the unimproved country road to the aero plane era. The omission was too great. The mind could not compensate for it. The spirit was lost in the conflict. The first result, therefore, of the hiatus was undoubtedly to produce a class of young Chinese, both men and women, but chiefly men, who frankly did not know how to live in their own country or in the age in which their country still was. They were for the most part educated abroad, where they forgot the realities of their own race. It was easy enough for various revolutionary leaders to persuade these alienated minds that Chinas socalled backwardness was due primarily to political and material interference by foreign powers. The world was made the scapegoat for Chinas medievalism. Instead of realizing that China was in her own way making her own steps, slowly, it is true, and somewhatponderously, toward modernity, it was easy hue and cry to say that if it had not been for foreigners she would have been already on an equality, in material terms, with other nations. The result of this was a fresh revolution of a sort. China practically rid herself of her two great grievances outside of Japan, extraterritoriality and the tariff. No great visible change appeared as a consequence. It became apparent that what had been weaknesses were still weaknesses, and that these were inherent in the ideology of the people. It was found, for instance, that when a revolutionary leader became secure and entrenched he became conservative and as corrupt, too often, as an old style official. The same has been true in other histories. There were too many honest and intelligent young minds in China not to observe and accept the truth, that the outside world had very little to do with Chinas condition, and what she had to do with it could have been prevented if China hadbeen earlier less sluggish and her leaders less blind and selfish. Then followed a period of despair and frenzy and increased idealistic worship of the West. The evident prosperity of foreign countries was felt to be a direct fruit of Western scientific development.

My Country and My People

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Author: Lin Yutang

Publisher: Blurb

ISBN: 9781388247898

Category: History

Page: 370

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In this classic book Yutang Ling does a fantastic job of describing Chinese people, customs and culture in an understandable way for the Western reader. this book was the first of it's kind, Ling being a rarity as he was fluent in both English and Chinese, having been born in China but growing up in America. This extremely popular book will prove to be a fascinating read, and is highly recommended on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in different cultures and societies.

God's Country and My People

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Author: Wright Morris

Publisher: Bison Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 200

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Photographs and text merge to create images of a rapidly vanishing America

Between Tears and Laughter

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Author: Lin Yutang

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447485769

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Written during the second world war as a bitter plea for the west to change its perspective of the world order. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Welcome to My Country

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Author: Lauren Slater

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307829898

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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The world of the schizophrenic, the depressed, the suicidal can seem a foreign, frightening place. Now, a brilliant writer/psychologist takes readers on a mesmerizing journey into this enigmatic world. As readers interact through Slater with patients Lenny, Moxi, Oscar, and Marie, they come to understand more about the human mind and spirit. First serial to Harper's.

My Own Country

A Doctor's Story

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Author: Abraham Verghese

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679752927

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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A young doctor of eastern Tennessee describes the town's first introduction to the AIDS virus, which preceded a disturbing epidemic and introduced the doctor to many unique people

The Importance of Living

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Author: Yutang Lin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542941303

Category:

Page: 544

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The Importance of Living is also known as the Art of Living, is one of the master works written by Lin Yutang in English, a renowned Chinese writer and translator during the period of the Republic of China. It is ranked as two major representative works of Lin Yutang along with "My Country and My People", both are written by Lin Yutang in English. The Importance Living describes all of the aspects of life of the Chinese in comparison with the Westerners. Including the life style, way of thinking, life habits, values, etc. It is crowned as "Life Bible" and called a "John Day Book". To live gracefully and meaningfully, the Book is a good reference. The text of the Book is the complete original text of the book published for the first time in 1937.

A Time to Betray

A Gripping True Spy Story of Betrayal, Fear, and Courage

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Author: Reza Kahlili

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439189684

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Offers the true story of a former CIA operative who was recruited out of Iran while serving as a member of the secretive and feared Revolutionary Guards.

The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century

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Author: Yunte Huang

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393248739

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 752

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A panoramic vision of the Chinese literary landscape across the twentieth century. Award-winning literary scholar and poet Yunte Huang here gathers together an intimate and authoritative selection of significant works, in outstanding translations, from nearly fifty Chinese writers, that together express a search for the soul of modern China. From the 1912 overthrow of a millennia-long monarchy to the Cultural Revolution, to China’s rise as a global military and economic superpower, the Chinese literary imagination has encompassed an astonishing array of moods and styles—from sublime lyricism to witty surrealism, poignant documentary to the ironic, the transgressive, and the defiant. Huang provides the requisite context for these revelatory works of fiction, poetry, essays, letters, and speeches in helpful headnotes, chronologies, and brief introductions to the Republican, Revolutionary, and Post-Mao Eras. From Lu Xun’s Call to Arms (1923) to Gao Xinjiang’s Nobel Prize–winning Soul Mountain (1990), this remarkable anthology features writers both known and unknown in its celebration of the versatility of writing. From belles lettres to literary propaganda, from poetic revolution to pulp fiction, The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature is an eye-opening, mesmerizing, and indispensable portrait of China in the tumultuous twentieth century.

The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture

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Author: Boyang,Don Cohn,Jing Qing

Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia

ISBN: 9781863731164

Category: China

Page: 162

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Writing under the pseudonym of Bo Yang, Guo Yidong has been a trenchant critic of Chinese people and their culture since he fled to Taiwan in 1949. This is a collection of his speeches and articles, which blame Confucianism for these cultural ills. Included are responses from other commentators.

My Country My Life

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Author: L. K. Advani

Publisher: Rupa Publications

ISBN: 8129113635

Category: India

Page: 986

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My Country My Life 'Advaniji Has Been My Friend And Comrade-In-Arms For Over Fifty Years. He Has Never Compromised On His Core Belief In Nationalism, And Yet Has Displayed Flexibility In Political Responses Whenever It Was Demanded By The Situation. He Has An Open Mind That Always Absorbs New Ideas From Diverse Sources. I Am Certain That My Country My Life Will Be Read Widely, And With Keen Interest, By People From Diverse Backgrounds. For Mirrored In It Is The Remarkable Journey Of A Sensitive Human Being And An Outstanding Leader Whose Best, I Hope And Pray, Is Yet To Come.'From The Foreword By Atal Bihari Vajpayee Prime Minister Of India (1998-2004) My Country My Life Is An Extraordinary Self-Portrait Of India S Leading Political Personality - L.K. Advani. As An Immigrant Who Was Forced To Abandon His Beloved Sindh, Which Became A Part Of Pakistan After India Was Partitioned In 1947, On The Basis Of The Communally Inspired Two Nation Theory , Advani Gives A Poignant First-Person Account Of That Tragedy. With A Career Spanning Six Decades As A Political Activist In Post-1947 India, During Which He Has Been A Ring-Side Viewer Of, And Participant In, Almost All The Major Socio-Political Developments In India, Advani Is Uniquely Qualified To Offer A Perspective On Independent India S Political Evolution. The Apogee Of Advani S Achievement Was His Seminal Contribution, Together With His Senior Colleague Atal Bihari Vajpayee, To Ending The Congress Party S Dominance Over India S Polity By Building The Bharatiya Janata Party As A Viable Alternative For Governing India. The Book Provides A Riveting, Insightful And Assertive Account Of Advani S Fight For Democracy During The Emergency, His Ram Rath Yatra For The Reconstruction Of The Ram Temple At Ayodhya That Resulted In The Biggest Mass Movement In India Since Independence And Catalysed A Nationwide Debate On The True Meaning Of Secularism, And His Years As India S Deputy Prime Minister And Home Minister In The Vajpayee-Led Government Of The National Democratic Alliance Between 1998-2004. The Importance And Relevance Of The Publication Of His Memoirs Has Increased Considerably Since He Has Now Been Chosen By The Bjp-Led Nda To Lead The Multi-Party Alliance Into The Forthcoming Parliamentary Elections. My Country My Life Is A Testimony To What Advani S Admirers As Well As His Critics Have Always Known Him For: The Gift Of Clarity Of Thought, Strong Convictions And Forceful Articulation. This Is A Candid Reflection On Himself, His Party And His Nation That Is Likely To Engage Readers In A Tour De Force With India S Leading Statesman. In A Country Where Political Memoirs, Especially By Those Who Are Still Active In Politics, Are Rare, This Book Is A Landmark.