Readings of Chinese Culture Series: Essay Ⅲ

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"Cherish one's own beauty, respect other's beauty, and when both beauties are respected and cherished, the world will become one", said Fei Xiaotong, a famous Chinese sociologist at a cerebration party in honor of his eightieth birthday about thirty years ago. In a time of growing interest in intercultural communication today, these words sound especially wise and far-sighted. Translation, as one of the most important means for cultural communication, is usually done into one's mother tongue from other languages by native translators. This largely guarantees the quality of translated text, so far as the linguistic readability is concerned. However, this method implies a one-sidedness in correspondence, as only the translator's "respect for other's beauty" is concerned, regardless, though not completely, of how the local people look upon and cherish their own beauty. It should be compensated by translations on the other way, that is, works selected, interpreted, and translated by the local people themselves into languages other than their own. This approach may go directly against the prevalent views in modern translation theories but, in my opinion, is worthy of practicing. It is perhaps an even more effective way to bring about successful communication in cultures, and the beauties ofthe world can really be shared by the world's people. It is with such understanding that the Shanghai Foreign Languages Education Press is organizing a new series of books, entitled Readings of Chin.ese Culture, to introduce Chinese culture, past and present, to the world, with works selected and translated by the Chinese scholars and translators.
Table of Contents
An Autumn Night
The Cicada
The Wild Wood in Spring
Pear Blossoms
Claver on Sojourning in the Hills of Florence
Winter Scenes of the South
I Have Run Head-on into Autumn
A Lotus Pool in the Moonlight
A Red Leaf
Evening and Morning Views from a Ferry
Myriad Stars
The Hen
The Pavilion of Cherished Dusk
Before the Rain Arrives
Ode to Camellias
The Beach on a Midsummer Night
A Humorous Analogy for Prose
Buddhist Pilgrims——Travelogues of Mount Tai in the Old Days
Story One
Nuorilang Falls in the Morning and at Dusk
The Backs of the Best Musical Conductors
The Lily in My Heart
Perception of Spring
The Eagle in My Heart
The Sea in My Eyes
In the Hometown of the Daffodils
The Many-Hued (Two Supplementary Chapters).
The Parable of the Hillock
Family, Night, and the Sun
The Moon over Mount Orchid
Journals from America (Excerpts)
An Afternoon's Sporadic Clarinet Chanting
When Summer Is Here
A Hometown Visit
The Expected Return Home
The Old House
A Life That Never Matures
Watching Stars from a Roof
A Clipping about Winter
In Honor of Moonlight
The Autumn Rain and the Mountain Forest
Lifelong Lament
Going North
Anxiety Pacified
Readings of Chinese Culture Series: Essay Ⅲ