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Chinese thought


 The I Ching: Or, Book of Changes
by Cary F. Baynes, Richard Wilhelm (Translator)

ISBN: 069109750X
ISBN-13: 9780691097503
Format: Hardcover, 806pp
Pub. Date: October 1967
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Edition Number: 3
Series: Bollingen Series

From the Publisher
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for three thousand years, and interest in it has been spreading in the West. First set down in the dawn of history as a book of oracles, the Book of Changes deepened in meaning when ethical values were attached to the oracular pronouncements; it became a book of wisdom, eventually one of the Five Classics of Confucianism, and provided the the common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy.

Although Needham stated that this translation of Yi Jing “belongs to the department of utter confusion” still this could be the best introduction to Yi Jing written/translated in English. If you are a serious student of Yi Jing wisdom this particular book will keep you busy for the first 20-30 years.


 I Ching (the Book of Changes)
by James Legge (Translator)

ISBN: 0486210626
ISBN-13: 9780486210629
Format: Paperback, 448pp
Pub. Date: June 1963
Publisher: Dover Publications
Edition Number: 2

From the Publisher
Most penetrating divination manual ever prepared. Indispensable to study of early Oriental civilizations.

Yi Jing is a book like no other. This translation is done by someone who was a superb linguist but his attitude towards Yi Jing was not very favorable and he often expressed that sentiment openly in this book.


 Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu, Lao-Tzu, Lao Zi, Richard Wilhelm (Translator), D. C. Lau (Translator)

ISBN: 0140190600
ISBN-13: 9780140190601
Format: Paperback, 160pp
Pub. Date: November 1988
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

From the Publisher
The Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) is a great treasure house of wisdom. Written by Lao Tzu as early as the sixth century B.C. and composed of only 5,000 characters, it has become one of the classic works of spiritual enlightenment. The Tao offers a much-needed alternative to our fragmented, modern ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. To live life in accordance with "Tao" is to be in harmony with others, with the environment, and with oneself.


by Confucius, Arthur Waley (Editor), Sarah Allan (Introduction)

ISBN: 0375412042 ISBN-13: 9780375412042 Format: Hardcover, 304pp Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

There is probably no other book in Chinese cultural tradition (except maybe for Yi Jing) which has influenced Chinese thinking more than the Analects (of Confucius). The book is compilation of sayings collected by Confucius’ students and attributed to the Great Teacher (Confucius).


 Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy
by Zhang Dainian, Edmund Ryden (Editor), Edmund Ryden (Translator)

Product Details
ISBN-10: 0300092105
ISBN-13: 9780300092103
Format: Hardcover, 592pp
Pub. Date: November 2002
Publisher: Yale University Press

From the Publisher
"This book is both a useful introduction to Chinese philosophy and an invaluable reference tool for sinologists. Comments by important Chinese thinkers are arranged around sixty-four key concepts to illustrate their meaning and use through twenty-five centuries of Chinese philosophy."


 A History of Chinese Philosophy : The Period of the Philosophers, Vol. 1
by Fung Yu-Lan, Fung Yu-Lan, Derk Bodde (Translator)

ISBN: 0691020213
ISBN-13: 9780691020211
Format: Paperback, 492pp
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Edition Description: REPRINT

Original publication in Chinese in the 1930s this volume covers the beginnings of Chinese thought to the year 100 BC. This book (and the second volume) are one of the most cited works on Chinese philosophy.

History of Chinese Philosophy, Volume 2 : The Period of Classical Learning from the Second Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D by Fung Yu-Lan, Yu-LAN Fung, Derk Bodde (Translator)

ISBN: 0691020221
ISBN-13: 9780691020228
Format: Paperback, 812pp
Publisher: Princeton University Press


 Source Book in Chinese Philosophy
by Wing-Tsit Chan, Wing-Tsit Chan (Translator)

ISBN: 0691019649
ISBN-13: 9780691019642
Format: Textbook Paperback, 874pp
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Edition Number: 1

From the Publisher
This Source Book is devoted to the purpose of providing such a basis for genuine understanding of Chinese thought (and thereby of Chinese life and culture, since the relationship between the two is probably more pronounced in China than in any other country).


 Chinese Mythology
by Anthony Christie

ISBN: 0760701911
ISBN-13: 9780760701911
Format: Hardcover, 144pp
Pub. Date: April 1996
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books
Edition Description: Only From B&N Books

Discusses the myths and gods of ancient China and their sources.


 Chinese Mythology
by Derek Walters

ISBN: 1855380803
ISBN-13: 9781855380806
Format: Paperback, 190pp
Publisher: Thorsons/Element

Chinese mythology doesn’t have the same significance in Chinese culture as Greek mythology in the western Judeo-Christian tradition; this book is organized as a dictionary of important terms in Chinese philosophy, folk-customs, religion… The book title is a bit misleading however Derek Walters is an expert on many aspects of Chinese culture.


 Oriental Mythology : Masks of God, Vol. 2
by Joseph Campbell

ISBN: 0140194428
ISBN-13: 9780140194425
Format: Paperback, 576pp
Pub. Date: November 1991
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Series: Masks of God Series

From the Publisher
The roots of mythology are examined in light of the most recent discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, and psychology.


 Scholar Warrior : An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life
by Ming-Dao Deng

ISBN: 0062502328
ISBN-13: 9780062502322
Format: Paperback, 351pp
Pub. Date: December 1990
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Edition Number: 1

From the Publisher
In this beautifully illustrated offering of ancient wisdom, Deng Ming-Dao shares the secrets of the spiritual path handed down to him by Kwan Saihung, his Taoist master, as well as by herbalists, martial artists, and other practitioners of the ancient arts. Deng shows how Taoist philosophy and practice may be integrated into contemporary Western lifestyles for complete physical, mental, and spiritual health. He provides an abundance of philosophical and practical information about hygiene, diet, sexuality, physical exercise, meditation, medicine, finding one's purpose in life, finding the right teacher, death, and transcendence.


 Taoism: The Road to Immortality
by John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld

ISBN: 1570625891
Format: Paperback, 195pp
Pub. Date: August 2000
Publisher: Random House Inc

From the Publisher
A religion with roots stretching back nearly five thousand years, Taoism combines elements of folklore, occult sciences, cosmology, yoga, meditation, poetry, and exalted mysticism. Mysterious and charmingly poetic, it is a living remnant of a way of life which has almost vanished from the world. In this comprehensive study, John Blofeld explains the fundamental concepts of Taoism, tells many stories of ancient masters, and provides incisive reflections on Taoist verse.


 Feng-Shui : The Ancient Art of Harmonious Living for Modern Times
by Eva Wong, Kendra Crossen (Editor)

ISBN: 1570621004
ISBN-13: 9781570621000
Format: Paperback, 288pp
Pub. Date: January 1996
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Edition Number: 1

From the Publisher
Here is a complete, in-depth course in the traditional Chinese art of harmonious design-including instructions for making your own geomantic compass for feng-shui readings. The ancient art of feng-shui has guided the Chinese people for thousands of years in designing cities, building homes, and burying the dead. Deeply rooted in Taoist and shamanic origins, it is not simply a list of directives for building auspicious structures or arranging interiors for good luck-it is the art of reading the patterns of the universe and living in harmony with the environment.


 The Shambhala Guide to Taoism
by Eva Wong

ISBN: 1570621691
ISBN-13: 9781570621697
Format: Paperback, 268pp
Pub. Date: January 1997
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Edition Number: 1
Series: Shambhala Guides Series

From the Publisher
This guide to the spiritual landscape of Taoism not only introduces the important events in the history of Taoism, the sages who wrote the Taoist texts, and the various schools of Taoist thinking, but also gives the reader a feel for what it means to practice Taoism today. The book is divided into three parts: "The History of Taoism" traces the development of the tradition from the shamans of prehistoric China through the classical period (including the teachings of the famous sage Lao-tzu), the beginnings of Taoism as a religion, the rise of mystical and alchemical Taoism, and the synthesis of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. "Systems of Taoism" explores magical sects, divination practices, devotional ceremonies, internal alchemy, and the way of right action. "Taoist Practices" discusses meditation, techniques of cultivating the body, and rites of purification, ceremony, and talismanic magic. A comprehensive bibliography for further study completes this valuable reference work.


 Outlines of Chinese Symbolism and Art Motives : An Alphabetical Compendium of Antique Legends and Beliefs, as Reflected in the Manners and Customs of the Chinese
by C. A. S. Williams

ISBN: 0486233723
ISBN-13: 9780486233727
Format: Paperback, 472pp
Pub. Date: June 1976
Publisher: Dover Publications
Edition Number: 3
Series: Pictorial Archive Series

An excellent dictionary-style reference (402 illustrations) long familiar to students of Chinese culture emphasizes historical, legendary, or supernatural persons, animals and objects as symbols in art and literature. It examines the historical, legendary and every day significance of about two hundred objects and concepts which play key roles in Chinese culture.


 A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols
by Wolfram Eberhard, G. L. Campbell (Translator)

ISBN: 0415002281
ISBN-13: 9780415002288
Format: Paperback, 332pp
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Edition Description: Reprint

More than 400 important Chinese symbols are described, in the context of their use in Chinese literature and in Chinese custom and attitudes to life..


 Tao of Love and Sex : The Ancient Chinese Way to Ecstasy
by Jolan Chang, Jolan Chung

ISBN: 0140193383
ISBN-13: 9780140193381
Format: Paperback, 136pp
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Edition Description: REV
Pub. Date: May 1993

Jolan Chang explains how the ancient philosophy of Daoism can be applied to modern sex techniques.


 Works of Mencius
by Mencius, James Legge (Translator), James Legge (Translator)

ISBN: 0486263754
ISBN-13: 9780486263755
Format: Paperback, 502pp
Publisher: Dover Publications
Edition Description: Unabridged
Pub. Date: June 1990

Mencius, also called the Second Master in the Confucian tradition, and his thought have been made accessible to the western readers in this unmatchable Chinese Classics edition, which contains the full Chinese text, Legg's English translation on the same page, full notes, citation of Chinese commentators, plus a full dictionary of all Chinese characters used.


 Daoism and Chinese Culture
by Livia Kohn

ISBN: 1931483000
ISBN-13: 9781931483001
Format: Paperback, 218pp
Publisher: Three Pines Press
Pub. Date: May 2005

Livia Kohn is a world-renowned scholar of Daoism and professor of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University, in this work she has provided a concise and comprehensive introduction to the Daoist religion, thematically divided into four parts: Ancient Thought, Religious Communities, Spiritual Practices, Modernity.


 Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. 1
by William Theodore De Bary (Compiler), Irene Bloom (Editor), William Theodore De Bary (Editor)

ISBN: 0231109385
ISBN-13: 9780231109383
Format: Hardcover, 998pp
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Edition Description: Second Edition
Pub. Date: July 1999
Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations

From the Publisher
A collection of seminal primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of China, Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1 has been widely used and praised for almost forty years as an authoritative resource for scholars and students and as a thorough and engaging introduction for general readers.

Sources of Chinese Tradition: Volume 2 : From 1600 Through the Twentieth Century
by Wm Theodore De Bary, Richard J. Lufrano, Richard (Ed.) Lufrano

ISBN: 0231112718
ISBN-13: 9780231112710
Format: Textbook Paperback, 656pp
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Edition Description: Second Edition
Pub. Date: March 2001
Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations Series

Qigong etc…


 The Way of Qigong : The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
by Kenneth S. Cohen, Ken Cohen

ISBN: 0345421094
ISBN-13: 9780345421098
Format: Paperback, 427pp
Pub. Date: January 1999
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Edition Description: 1ST TRADE

From the Publisher
Qigong, which literally means "working with the energy of life," is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced with remarkable results in China for thousands of years. The Chinese have long treasured qigong for its effectiveness both in healing and in preventing disease, and more recently they have used it in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening conditions.

This is an excellent book (if you have interest in Qigong, of course)! Buy one copy if you have a chance.


 Qigong Empowerment : A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, Wushu Energy Cultivation
by Shou-Yu Liang, Wen-Ching Wu, Denise Breiter-Wu (Editor), Denise Breiter-Wu (Photographer)

ISBN: 1889659029
ISBN-13: 9781889659022
Format: Paperback, 348pp
Pub. Date: March 1998
Publisher: The Way of the Dragon Publishing

I have been honored and privileged to learn Qigong from Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang for the past three years. This book will give you detailed instructions how to use Qigong exercises to improve your health and well being. Learning from books is good, learning from good teachers is even better. Master Liang is not only a good teacher but also a wonderful human being. If you sign up for his classes you won’t regret it, I can assure you.


 Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing : Guarding the Three Treasures
by Daniel P. Reid, Dexter Chou, Dexter Chou (Illustrator), Jony Huang (Illustrator), Jony Huang (Illustrator)

ISBN: 1570620717
ISBN-13: 9781570620713
Format: Paperback, 496pp
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Edition Description: REPRINT
Pub. Date: December 1994

Traditional health care system that has prevailed in China for thousands of years, offers a unique, integrated system of preventive health care that anyone can practice at home. This could be the first complete manual of Chinese medicine specifically written for the layperson. The main sections of the book are: Key concepts of Chinese medical theory Dozens of illustrated T'ai Chi and Qigong exercises The Chinese approach to healing common ailments Authentic secrets of Daoist sexual yoga Therapeutic food recipes and herbal tonics…


 The Root of Chinese Qigong
by Jwing-Ming Yang

ISBN: 1886969507
ISBN-13: 9781886969506
Format: Paperback, 320pp
Pub. Date: September 1997
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center
Edition Description: REVISED
Edition Number: 2
Series: Qigong - in Depth Series

From the Publisher
Qigong is the study and use of Qi (also called bioenergy) which promotes longevity, health, and spiritual development. The author, a renowned teacher of Qigong and traditional Chinese martial arts, presents an in-depth look at Qigong theory and clearly discusses the keys to successful training and practice. 76 photos & illustrations. This book is recommended to complete beginners.


 Acupuncture , The Ancient Chinese Art of Healing and How it Works Scientifically
by Felix Mann

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage; Rev edition (January 12, 1973)
Language: English
ISBN: 0394717279
Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches

Dr. Felix Mann, President of the Medical Acupuncture Society, is one of the outstanding Western practitioners of the ancient Chinese art, he describes in detail how acupuncture works.


 Acupressure's Potent Points : A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments
by Michael Reed Gach, Gach

ISBN: 0553349708
ISBN-13: 9780553349702
Format: Paperback, 227pp
Pub. Date: November 1990
Publisher: Bantam Books
Edition Number: 1

From the Publisher
With your hands you have potential to relieve everyday aches, pains and ailments without taking drugs, to improve your health, and to increase your vitality. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to stimulate key points on the skin that, in turn, activate the body's natural self-healing processes. With this book, it is a skill you can learn now--and use in your own home.

Here is a book that has practical application!


 Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine
by Ilza Veith (Translator), Ilza Veith (Translator), Ken Rose (Foreword by)

ISBN: 0520229363
ISBN-13: 9780520229365
Format: Paperback, 287pp
Pub. Date: December 2002
Publisher: University of California Press

From the Publisher
The Yellow Emperor's Classic has become a landmark in the history of Chinese civilization. Since 1949, when this first translation of the oldest known document in Chinese medicine was published, traditional medical practice has seen a dynamic revival in China and throughout many countries in the Western world. Elements of this time-honored therapy, including acupuncture and the harmony of human spirit with the natural world, have become part of mainstream medical practice; The Yellow Emperor's Classic provides the historical and philosophical foundation of this practice. Ilza Veith provides an extensive introduction to her monumental translation of this classic work, which is written in the form of a dialogue in which the emperor seeks information from his minister Ch-I Po on all questions of health and the art of healing.


 Gateway to Wisdom : Taoist and Buddhist Contemplative and Healing Yogas Adapted for Western Students of the Way
by John Blofeld

ISBN: 0394738780
ISBN-13: 9780394738789
Format: Paperback, 214pp
Pub. Date: April 12, 1980
Publisher: Shambhala


 T'ai CHI Classics
by Waysun Liao (Translator), Waysun Liao (Translator)

ISBN: 1570627495
ISBN-13: 9781570627491
Format: Paperback, 224pp
Pub. Date: January 2001
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Series: Shambhala Classics Series

This book presents the inner meaning and techniques of T'ai Chi movements through translations of three essential texts which together are often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible”. It includes practical instructions and illustrations for the entire sequence of movements, however this book is not suitable for those who have no prior knowledge of T’ai Chi. If you want to learn the sequence of T’ai Chi then sign up for a class at the community centre or borrow another book, this one is very good but too philosophical for beginners.


 The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan
by Louis Swaim (Translator), Chengfu Yang, Yang Chengfu

ISBN: 1556435452
ISBN-13: 9781556435454
Format: Paperback, 124pp
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu's book, Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan. This English translation finally makes Yang Chengfu's classic work available to taijiquan enthusiasts in the West. This book is not a taijiquan “teach yourself” manual, its more philosophical, it crosses over into Qigong.



 Rape of Nanking : The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
by Iris Chang, William C. Kirby (Foreword by)

ISBN: 0140277447
ISBN-13: 9780140277449
Format: Paperback, 336pp
Pub. Date: November 1998
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

From the Publisher
In December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (Nanjing) and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, the story of this atrocity - one of the worst in world history - continues to be denied by the Japanese government.


 Traveller's History of China
by Stephen G. Haw

ISBN: 1566564867
ISBN-13: 9781566564861
Format: Textbook Paperback, 320pp
Pub. Date: March 2003
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Edition Description: 4TH
Edition Number: 1
Series: Traveller's History Ser.


 Hamlyn History of Imperial China (Hardcover)
by Nathaniel Harris (Author)

ISBN: 060059422X
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Pub. Date: May 21 1999
Publisher: Hamlyn Publishing


 Cambridge Illustrated History of China
by Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Kwang-Ching Liu (Foreword by)

ISBN: 052166991X
ISBN-13: 9780521669917
Format: Textbook Paperback, 352pp
Pub. Date: May 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition Description: 1 PBK ED
Edition Number: 1
Series: Cambridge Illustrated History Series

From the Publisher
In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present. She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism, and the great imperial dynasties to the Mongol, Manchu, and Western intrusions and the modern communist state. Her scope is phenomenal-embracing Chinese arts, culture, economics, society and its treatment of women, foreign policy, emigration, and politics, including the key uprisings of 1919 and 1989 in Tiananmen Square


 Everyday Life in Early Imperial China
by Michael Loewe

ISBN: 0872207587
ISBN-13: 9780872207585
Format: Textbook Paperback, 208pp
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Edition Number: 1

In this scholarly work Michael Loewe gives us a vivid picture of the lives of peasants working the land, the lives of town inhabitants, and the elaborate hierarchy of institutions and civil servants that sustained the vast imperial government. The book covers the period of Han dynasty.


 Between Heaven and Earth : A History of Chinese Writing
by Shi Bo

Product Details
ISBN: 1590300505
ISBN-13: 9781590300503
Format: Paperback, 114pp
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Master calligrapher Shi Bo gives a fascinating overview of the evolution of seven seminal Chinese writing styles starting in the seventeenth century bce. He also introduces the reader to the calligrapher's art, including its materials and techniques.



 Legacy of China
by Raymond Dawson (Editor)

ISBN: 0887271529
ISBN-13: 9780887271526
Format: Textbook Paperback, 460pp
Pub. Date: January 1964
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company
Edition Number: 1
Series: C and T Asian Language Series

From the Publisher
As China's international status grows, its civilization excites an increasing interest from the outside world. The Legacy of China is the perfect solution for anyone in need of a non-textbook introduction to the world's legacies from China in the major realms of spirit and intellect. This highly-praised work includes essays by eminent experts like Joseph Needham, A. C. Graham, Michael Sullivan and Patrick Hanan on science, philosophy, art and literature.


 Genius of China : Three Thousand Years of Discovery, Invention and Science
by Robert K. G. Temple, Joseph Needham

ISBN: 0671620282
ISBN-13: 9780671620288
Format: Hardcover, 256pp
Pub. Date: November 1986
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

“Needham, the foremost Western historian of Chinese science, has written 15 volumes of his projected 25-volume Science and Civilization in China series initiated in 1954. This immense, authoritative work has long needed distillation for the general reader, and British writer Temple impressively accomplishes the task here. Beautifully illustrated, the book describes some 5000 years of Chinese science, discovery and invention from agriculture, astronomy and engineering through industrial technology, medicine, math and music, up to, in an ironic closing chapter, the Chinese genius in warfare, including ancient Chinese usage of mustard gas, gunpowder and rockets”.


 Chinese Art of Tea
by John Blofeld, John Blofled

ISBN: 1570622795
ISBN-13: 9781570622793
Format: Paperback, 206pp
Pub. Date: February 1997
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

“Includes history, poems and treatises about tea, tea houses, ceremonies, brewing, cups and vessels, varieties, and the effect that tea has on the physical health and psyche. Everything you need to know about Chinese teas is contained in this book.”


 Chinese Religion : An Introduction
by Laurence G. Thompson

ISBN: 0534255361
ISBN-13: 9780534255367
Format: Textbook Paperback, 208pp
Pub. Date: July 1995
Publisher: Wadsworth
Edition Description: REV
Edition Number: 5
Series: Religious Life in History Series

From the Publisher
Laurence Thompson's Chinese Religion: An Introduction, Fifth Edition is unique in its presentation of religious expression as a manifestation of Chinese culture. Part of Wadsworth's Religious Life in History Series, this accessible introduction to Chinese religion adheres to the Series' fundamental mission to explore religion as a means to "ultimate transformation." Continuing to expand on that theme, the author has added a new chapter to this edition that views Chinese religion as a means of coping with existential problems. The Fifth Edition also includes new suggested readings that explore current developments in this rapidly evolving field.


 The Arts of China , Fourth Edition. Expanded and Revised.
by Michael Sullivan

ISBN: 0520218779
ISBN-13: 9780520218772
Format: Paperback, 342pp
Pub. Date: November 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Edition Description: 4TH, REVISED
Edition Number: 4

From the Publisher
For the fourth edition of his much-heralded The Arts of China, last published in 1984, Michael Sullivan has thoroughly revised and expanded this classic history of Chinese art from the Neolithic period to the 1990s. He draws on archaeological discoveries in the last two decades of the twentieth century that have enriched scholars' understanding of both prehistoric and ancient Chinese civilizations. At the same time, research on more recent dynasties has led to fresh interpretations of well-documented historical events and artworks.


 Antique Jade
by Oscar Luzzatto-Bilitz

ISBN: 0600012204
Format: Hardcover , 158pp
Pub. Date: 1969
Publisher: Hamlyn/Search Press, United Kingdom

History of jade carving with photos of the work of Chinese, American, and New Zealand carvings. Translated by Francis Koval from the Italian original. Beautifully illustrated, the 71 color plates include examples from Neolithic and17th century, and expert text, by Oscar Luzzatto-Bilitz, gives a fascinating account of the background of jade carving, not only in China but also in Pre-Columbian Ameria and in New Zealand.


 Science & Civilisation : Introductory Orientations,
by Joseph Needham

ISBN: 052105799X
ISBN-13: 9780521057998
Format: Hardcover, 319pp
Pub. Date: January 1956
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (started in 1954)
Series: Science and Civilisation in China Ser.

From the Publisher
Dr Joseph Needham's account of the Chinese achievement in science and technology will stand as one of the great works of our time. It has been acclaimed by specialists in both East and West and also by readers with wider and more general interests. The text, based on research of a high critical quality, is supported by many hundreds of illustrations and is imbued with a warm appreciation of China. Volume I is an introductory volume, in which Dr Needham prepares his readers for the study of a whole human culture. He begins by examining the structure of the Chinese language; he reviews the geography of China and the long history of its people, and discusses the scientific contacts which have occurred throughout the centuries, between Europe and East Asia.


 The Food of China : A Journey for Food Lovers (Hardcover)
by Kay Halsey (Editor), Lulu Grimes (Editor), Jason Lowe (Photographer)

ISBN: 155285227X
ISBN-13: 9781552852279
Format: Hardcover, 296pp
Pub. Date: September 2001
Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited

From the Publisher
The Food of China gives you a real taste of a country that has one of the world's greatest cuisines. Join our culinary journey from the Peking duck restaurants of Beijing to the kitchens of Shanghai, through the tea gardens of Hangzhou to the dim sum chefs of Hong Kong, and discover the food that defines today's Chinese cooking: from the tastiest barbecued spare ribs, crispy skin duck, and flash-cooked pea sprouts to simple noodles or congee.


 Over a Cup of Tea : An Introduction to Chinese Life and Culture
by Jing Luo

ISBN: 0761829377
ISBN-13: 9780761829379
Format: Paperback, 254pp
Pub. Date: August 2004
Publisher: University Press of America

From the Publisher
In this book, Jing Luo provides a comprehensive introduction of Chinese life and culture. Designed for use as a college text, Luos examination combines traditional culture, contemporary culture and communicative protocols in daily life and business to provide a broad context that helps the reader gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the Chinese world.

I find it a bit dry.


 Speaking of Chinese : A Cultural History of the Chinese Language
by Raymond Chang, Margaret Scrogin Chang

ISBN: 0393321878
ISBN-13: 9780393321876
Format: Paperback, 208pp
Pub. Date: December 2001
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Edition Description: REISSUE

From the Publisher
Not a how-to text, this beguiling book is instead a fascinating look at Chinese language and culture. Ranging through history, literature, folklore, linguistics, and sociology, this is a breezy, straightforward primer of surprising breadth.


 The Cooking of China
by Emily Han and the editors of TIME-LIFE BOOKS

Time Life Books, New York 1968

NY Time Life Foods of the World, 1968.. This is a very lovely book, but I don’t think it will be easy to find one either in the library or at the bookstore.


 Buddhist Religion : A Historical Introduction(Religious Life in History Series)
by Richard H. Robinson, Willard L. Johnson, Willard L. Johnson, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Geoffrey DeGraff

ISBN: 0534558585
ISBN-13: 9780534558581
Format: Textbook Paperback, 384pp
Publisher: Wadsworth
Edition Description: REV
Edition Number: 5
Pub. Date: November 2003
Series: Religious Life in History Series

This is probably most comprehensive, insightful, and up-to-date introduction to Buddhism available, this text traces the religion of Awakening from its origins to its spread throughout Asia and the world.



 The Art of War
by Sun Tzu, Sun Zi, Thomas Cleary (Translator), Thomas F. Cleary (Translator)

ISBN: 1590302257
ISBN-13: 9781590302255
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 224pp
Pub. Date: January 2005
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

From the Publisher
Complexities of meaning and historical interpretations illustrate the timelessness of Sun Tzu's treatise on war.


 The Story of the Stone (aka Dream of the Red Chamber), by Tsao Hsueh-Chin (aka Cao Xuequin), David Hawkes (Translator)

Volume 1: Golden Days

ISBN: 0140442936
ISBN-13: 9780140442939
Format: Paperback, 544pp
Pub. Date: March 1974
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Volume 2:

ISBN: 0140443266
ISBN-13: 9780140443264
Format: Paperback, 608pp
Pub. Date: September 1977
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Series: Penguin Classics Series

Volume 3:

ISBN: 0140443703
ISBN-13: 9780140443707
Format: Paperback, 640pp
Pub. Date: January 1981
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Series: Penguin Classics Series

Volume 4:

ISBN: 0140443711
ISBN-13: 9780140443714
Format: Paperback, 400pp
Pub. Date: December 1982
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Series: Penguin Classics Series

Volume 5:

ISBN: 014044372X
ISBN-13: 9780140443721
Format: Paperback, 384pp
Pub. Date: December 1986
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Edition Description: REPRINT
Series: Penguin Classics Series

From the Publisher
The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.

Divided into five volumes, of which The Crab-Flower Club is the second, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia Family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own family). The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humor, realistic detail and delicate poetry which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and about the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence - a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things.


 Journey to the West , Vol. 1
by Anthony C. (Ed.) C. Yu, Wu, Yu, Anthony C. Yu (Translator)

ISBN: 0226971503
ISBN-13: 9780226971506
Format: Textbook Paperback, 544pp
Pub. Date: February 1980
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Edition Number: 1
Series: Journey to the West Series

there is another 5 volumes (I think).

From the Publisher
First published in 1952, The Journey to the West, volume I, comprises the first twenty-five chapters of Anthony C. Yu's four-volume translation of Hsi-yu Chi, one of the most beloved classics of Chinese literature. The fantastic tale recounts the sixteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Hsüan-tsang (596-664), one of China's most illustrious religious heroes, who journeyed to India with four animal disciples in quest of Buddhist scriptures. For nearly a thousand years, his exploits were celebrated and embellished in various accounts, culminating in the hundred-chapter Journey to the West, which combines religious allegory with romance, fantasy, humor, and satire.


 Romance of the Three Kingdoms , Vol. 1
by Lo Kuan-Chung, C. H. Brewitt-Taylor, C. H. Brewitt-Taylor (Translator), Robert E. Hegel (Introduction)

ISBN: 0804834679
ISBN-13: 9780804834674
Format: Paperback, 708pp
Pub. Date: June 2003
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Volume 2:

ISBN: 0804834687
ISBN-13: 9780804834681
Format: Paperback, 680pp
Pub. Date: August 2002
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

“Romance Of The Three Kingdoms is a great book because it properly displays the time of the Three Kingdoms which lasted in China from the year 185 to 256. The first volume talks about how the Three Kingdoms in China came to be. It shows how the three emperors, Liu Bei, Sun Quan, and Cao Cao come to power and control the fate of China. The first volume sets the setting and emotion of the book, the second volume describes the rest.”


 Outlaws of the Marsh
by Shih Nai-an, Luo Guanzhong, Luo Guanzhong, Sidney Shapiro (Translator)

ISBN: 7119016628
ISBN-13: 9787119016627
Format: Hardcover, 2149 pp
Pub. Date: October 1993
Publisher: Beijing Foreign Languages Press

A great classic of Chinese literature, also known as Water Margin and All Men are Brothers, this is an exciting account of the adventures of a bold brigand army, like Robin Hood and his merry men, battling against tyrannical rulers.