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Readings of Chinese Culture Series: Essay I

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Author: Pan Wenguo; Zhang Peiji;
Language: English
Format: 23 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Page: 224
Publication Date: 03/2018
ISBN: 9787544651219, 7544651215
Publisher: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press
Series: eadings of Chinese Culture Series
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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 of the 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.

The series will cover a wide range of writings including but not restricted to works of different literary genres. For the first batch, we are glad to provide three books of essays and one book of short stories, all written by authors of the 20th century. They will be continued by a batch of serious academic writings on premodern Chinese classics in philosophy, literature, and historiography, written by influential scholars of our time.Later, we will offer more books on classical Chinese drama, classical Chinese poetry, etc.
Table of Contents
The Wise Man, the Fool and the Slave
On Presenting a View
Mid-Iife Loneliness
Winter in White Horse Lake
Loving Memories of Mother
National Crisis vs Heroic Natio
The Living Present
Mr. About-the-Same
Never Give up the Pursuit of Learning
Reflections on the Sports Meet
Dusk
Under the Linden Tree
I Took a Wooden Boat
Enjoying the Moon
A Place Without Autumn Insects
The Commercial Press and I
Nothing Is Impossible to a Willing Mind
Getting Married at 81
How I Started My Career as a Novelist
The Sight of Father's Back
Tribute to the White Poplar
Fog
Autumn in Peiping
A Chat about Marriage
On “Reading Is Always Benefiaa
Love Is Not a Game
Recollections of My High School Days
On Growing Flowers
The Torrent of Life
Smile
Stars on a Snowy Night
The Land of My Ancestors
Grandpa and Nightly Blackout
A Chat about Short Essays
Dreamlike Childhood
A Profile of Sa Zhenbing
Joys of the Teaching Career
My Narrow Escape from a Wolf's Jaws
From Chongqing to Hakone
Another Letter to Young Readers
Is the Ear Less Reliable than the Eye? - About the Story of jiao
Wei Qin
Time Is Life
Learning and Personal Inclination
Cultivating Good Habits
Random Thoughts (Excerpt)
A Brief Sketch of Peng Dehuai
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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 of the 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.
The series will cover a wide range of writings including but not restricted to works of different literary genres. For the first batch, we are glad to provide three books of essays and one book of short stories, all written by authors of the 20th century. They will be continued by a batch of serious academic writings on premodern Chinese classics in philosophy,literature, and historiography, written by influential scholars of our time.Later, we will offer more books on classical Chinese drama, classical Chinese poetry, etc.
Some of the books in the series have been published before, but they have been revised and rearranged for the new purpose to meet the current needs ofbroader readers. We are looking forward to hearing comments and su~estions on the series for future improvement.
Readings of Chinese Culture Series: Essay I
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