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Quality Of Life Of Chinese People In A Changing World
An examination of the major academic databases shows that there is a severe lack of studies of the quality of life of Chinese people. This picture deserves attention, particularly in view of the growing influence of China in the global arena. This book examines quality of life in Chinese people in different Chinese communities, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It is pioneer in the field and it has several unique features. First, in view of the lack of studies on Chinese family quality of life, this book contains papers on Chinese family quality of life. Second, in response to the lack of studies on the quality of life of Chinese adolescents, several papers on adolescent assessment, theory and intervention are included. Third, several papers examine quality of life of Chinese people in different stages of the life cycle. Finally, to give a broad picture about quality of life phenomena, papers adopting quantitative and qualitative methodologies are included in this book.
This is the first systematic study of modern China's military campaigns and the actual fighting conducted by the People's Liberation Army since the founding of the People's Republic. It provides a general overview of the evolution of PLA military doctrine, and then focuses on major combat episodes from the civil war with the Nationalists to the last significant combat in Vietnam in 1979, in addition to navy and air operations through 1999. In contrast to the many works on the specifics and hardware of China's military modernization, this book discusses such topics as military planning, command, and control; fighting and politics; combat tactics and performance; technological catch-up and doctrinal flexibility; the role of Mao Zedong; scale and typologies of fighting; and deterrence. The contributors include scholars from Mainland China, Taiwan, and the United States, who draw from a wealth of fresh archival sources.
From the author's INTRODUCTION.
The Chinese have the reputation of being a strange people, with a peculiar language, peculiar institutions, customs, and manners, utterly different from those of our Western countries.
Since Chinese ports were thrown open to foreigners, the influx of visitors of all kinds has continually" increased. Missionaries, diplomats, travelers - some led there by duty, others attracted by the prospect of a new field for studies, and others guided by mere curiosity - have crossed the country in all directions. From these visits has resulted a large number of books - relations of travels, descriptions of country, customs, and manners - books on any subject, all tending to acquaint Western nations with the wonderful Celestial Empire, and, principally, to point out the immense difference existing between Chinese and European ideas.
Amongst the subjects which have been treated with the least success by foreign writers, Chinese Music ranks prominently. If mentioned at all in their books, it is simply to remark that "it is detestable, noisy, monotonous; that it hopelessly outrages our Western notions of music," etc. I do not wish to create any discussions by contradicting these and many other erroneous statements found in descriptions of Chinese Music: it would take too long a time.
In the description I give here I will endeavour to point out the contrasts or similarity between Western and Chinese Music, to present abstruse theories in the least tiresome way, to add details never before published, and to give a short yet concise account of Chinese Music.
I am not pretentious enough to think that my work will be utterly irreproachable. Mistakes are so easily made; and if I have just alluded to the many mistakes which are found in books, it is merely with the intention of showing how careful we must be when writing, and, much more, how indulgent we need be towards the writings of others.
I should deem it unfair not to mention that Mr. Hippisley, one of our Commissioners of Customs, is entitled to my most sincere gratitude for his kindness in reading the manuscript and correcting the many faults which ordinarily slip from one's pen when attempting to write in any but one's own language.
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