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The Chinese Mind: Understanding Traditional Chinese Beliefs and Their Influence on Contemporary Culture

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The Chinese: understanding a people and their culture through keywords and language.

The Chinese Mind pinpoints areas of China's traditional values and behaviors that play a significant role in the business and social relationships of the Chinese. It also identifies key areas of Chinese culture that have changed as a result of the adoption of a market-based economy and othe
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Tuttle Publishing
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Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
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I haven't been this disappointed in a book since I read Yu Dan's attempt at Confucius. I knew it was going to be light reading when I picked it up, but sometimes it's nice to whizz through a 'headline issues' book to check I am not missing anything blindingly obvious. But this was just taking the proverbial. The copy editing was bad, which was irritating, the use of pinyin systems was inconsistent, and some of the pronunciation indicators were just wrong. From the very beginning the book seemed ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I paid $30 in the Shanghai airport for this book, and finished it in just a couple of hours. It contains a lot of useful ideas. But it's a bit "fluffy", in that the author didn't take the time to provide examples of his thoughts. Yes, it's nice to learn that the Chinese view time in a circular fashion. But what does this MEAN? How does it impact everyday life, especially in business?

It felt like the author didn't really put that much effort into writing this, giving it the substance it might oth
John Tipper
Nov 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
De Mente has composed a book on Chinese culture that reads in parts like a sociology textbook. It has questions in the first part that are supposed to trigger discussions. The work contains valuable writing on terms key to understanding the history, economics and customs of the people of the PRC. However, I found his comments on Mao to be narrow to the point of biased against the revolutionary politician. There's some good advice for Westerners here who want to do business or academic work with ...more
Det her er, trods bogen kun er cirka 200 sider lang, en grundig gennemgang af det kinesiske mindset og hvordan man som vesterlænding bedst har mulighed for at gebærde sig i blandt kinesere uden at rode sig ud i flere misforståelser og fadæser end højst nødvendigt. Det er omfattende og indholdsrigt, og der er meget at lære, - det er bestemt ikke noget man lærer udenad ved første gennemlæsning (i hvert fald ikke med en regulær hukommelse), og det kræver øvelse for alvor at få det ind under huden, ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
The first part of the book is useful if you have never heard of China, don't watch the news and never used internet to research the country. It basically brings it down to this: "Chinese don't speak English, they actually have their own language and culture". The second part was more useful however I still would like more hands-on examples and deeper analysis. And hey, what's with the discussion topics at the end of each chapter?... ...more
Sam Moore
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Don’t read this unless you’re required to (like I was for a Chinese Culture class). The author is pompous and frequently espouses their opinions as if they were facts. Somehow manages to be both unfair to the West and racist to the East. The only reason it’s not getting one star is because there were a few well-written and interesting segments. I do not think the book is worth reading for them.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Un libro generalista sobre China que aborda muchas realidades sociales y culturales. Interesante y fácil de leer
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this a very good (although perhaps a bit dry) book to understand China. Discussion topics are a good help for developing training.
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book made for easy reading and explained many traits of the Chinese character that I had observed personally. The critical questions included in each chapter helped contrast the Chinese mind with the Western way of life. For some reason however, after reading this book, I felt like getting the same story directly from a Chinese mind. The book is a success in that it made me want to know how the Chinese mind views the West.

In conclusion, this is a good place to start understanding Chinese cu
Incorrect pronounciation throughout along with multiple instances of incorrect pinyin. Xinjiang was also mispelled. Sweeping generalisations throughout and far too many comparisons with Japan when they are very very different.
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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, Korea and Mexico since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, journalist, editor and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo, and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (in 1953), now Thunderbird School of Global Management, in G ...more

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