Chinese Dimensions
Order a copy
 Book Launch
 Book Cover
 1. General
 2. Naming System
 3. Language
 4. Origin of Overseas Chinese
 5. History
 6. Literature
 7. Cultural aspects
 8. Ancient paradigms
 9. Pillars of destiny
10. I-Ching
  Chinese names
  Chinese Nostradamus
  Chinese profile
  Common Chinese surnames
  Congratulatory wordings
  Calendar segments
  Digital Era
  Family relationships
  Fengshui representation
  Fleet to the West
  Hong Kong
  Simplified Chinese
  Sunzi's Art of War
  Word Structure





































Chapter 1: Crossing the Ocean

Crossing the Oceans; The Ethnic Chinese; Ethnic Identity; Profiling the Ethnic Chinese; Country of Origin; Name; Language; Religion; Cultural Heritage; Political Doctrine; Physical feature; A Chinese Profile?; Ethnic Chinese Identity; Similar yet Different

Chapter 2: Cultural Roots – Chinese Names

Getting the Name Right; Names that tell a story; Chinese Naming Structure; Christian Names; Same Words After All; The Origin of Chinese Surnames; Common Chinese Surnames; Top Hundred Surnames; Meaning of Chinese Names; Surname Listing by Pinyin, in Alphabetical Order; English Spellings; Given Names; Siblings; Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Common Given Names; Naming Word Combinations; Interpreting Chinese Names; Adopting a Chinese name

Chapter 3: Cultural roots - the Chinese language

A Snapshot of Chinese Language; Word from Pictures; Evolution of Chinese Characters; Character Forms; Further Development; Structure of Chinese Characters; Sequence of Strokes; Example of a Stroke Sequence; Top to Bottom, Right to Left; Simplification of Chinese Characters; Calligraphy; Chinese Character Radicals; Most Common Word Radicals; Word Radical in Everyday Use; Other Applications; Radical Development; Complexity of Chinese Characters; Computer Fonts; Chinese Pronunciation; Pinyin; Pronunciation System; Consonants; Vowels and Their Combinations; Intonations; Comparison of Pinyin and Zhuyin; Pinyin Pronunciation Chart; Pinyin Guidelines; Associated Sound or Meanings?; One Word, Two Meanings; Chinese Grammar; Creating New Vocabulary; Adopting New Concepts; Creating New Words; Printing in Chinese; Digital Era of Chinese Language; Learning Chinese

Chapter 4: Cultural Roots – Land of Origin

Chinese Dialects; Overseas Chinese Dialects; A Glimpse of Where The Overseas Chinese Come From; Fujian Province; Southern Fujian; Northern Fujian; Eastern Fujian; Central Fujian; Western Fujian; Fujian Geography; Guangdong: Province; Cantonese: Guangdonghua; Teochew Dialect; The Hakka Dialect; The “Four Towns”; Guangdong Geography; Hainan Island; Hainan Geography; Guangxi Province; Guangxi Geography; A Note on The Hakkas; Multidialectal Chinese; Future Trend; Dialects of Love

Chapter 5: Source of Culture Mindset: History at Play

A Brief Tour to 5,000 Years of History; Chronology of Chinese History; Legendary Emperor; Xia Dynasty; Shang Dynasty; Zhou Dynasty; Spring & Autumn; Warring States; Qin Empire; Han Dynasty; Western Han; Xin; Eastern Han; Three Kingdoms; Jin; Southern Dynasties; Northern Dynasties; Sui Dynasty; Tang Dynasty; Five Dynasties; Sung Dynasty; Yuan Dynasty; Ming Dynasty; Qing Dynasty; Republic of China; People’s Republic of China; Notable Personalities in Chinese History; Economic and Technology Imperatives; The Technology Decline; Other Important Events

Chapter 6: The Chinese Mindset, Collective Wisdom from Centuries of Publications

Words of Wisdom; Proverbs; Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Commonly Used Proverbs; Chinese Literature; Quotable Quotes; Education; Government; Military; The Thirty-Six Stratagems; Sunzi’s Art of War; Popular Reading Materials; Chinese Poetry; Selection of Fifty Poems; Coupled Poems (Duilian)

Chapter 7: Some Cultural Practice

Culture; Daodejing; Confucius Studies; The Analects; Great Learning; Doctrine of the Mean; The Book of Mengzi; The Five Classics Scripts; The Book of Change; The Book of Documents; The Book of Odes; The Book of Rites; The Annals of Spring and Autumn; Common Cultural Norms and Practices; Chinese Social Etiquettes; Hierarchy of Relationships; Family Terminology; Formal Salutations; Formal Titles; Basic Social Phraseology; Taboos; Family; Position of Women; Gender Differentiation; Words of Congratulations

Chapter 8: In Search of Chinese Psyche — Revisiting Ancient Paradigms

Chinese Cultural Practice; The Yin-Yang Theory; Yin-Yang and its Endless Creativity; Yin-Yang Concepts; Practical Implications; The Five Determinant Elements; Wood; Fire; Metal; Water; Earth; Application; Personality Profiling; Wood Personality; Fire Personality; Earth Personality; Metal Personality; Water Personality; A Place for Everyone; Distribution of Five Elements in Space and Time; Balance of Forces–Control and Generation; Balance of Forces–Control; Resistance of Control; Balance of Forces–Generation; Remedies; Applications; An Exercise in Restoring Balance; Celestial Stems and Terrestrial Branches; Celestial Stems; Refinement of the Five Determinant Elements; Celestial Stem Clashes; Terrestrial Branches; Combination of Celestial Stems and Terrestrial Branches; Relationship between a Celestial Stem and Terrestrial Branch

Chapter 9: The Pillars of Destiny: An Application of the Ancient Paradigms

The Chinese Calendar; What is Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?; Chinese Zodiac Interpretations; Interpretations According to Animal Traits; The Rats; The Oxen; The Tigers; The Rabbits; The Dragons; The Snakes; The Horses; The Goats; The Monkeys; The Roosters; The Dogs; The Pigs; When Zodiac Signs Meet; Compatibility Charts; When Zodiac Signs Clash; The Month Pillar; Chinese Seasons; The Twenty-four Period Segments; The Day Pillar; The Hour Pillar; Combining the Four Pillars; Analysis of Life Destiny; Destiny Analysis; Conversion into Tiangan-Dizhi; Identify the Determinant Component; Analyse Data from Five Elements; Relationship of Components; Partners or Competitors; Creativity; Resources; Power; Wealth; Choosing a Career; Strength of Determinant Component; Determine the Elements Favourable or Unfavourable to Self; Work Out the Cycle of Destiny; The Time Dimension; Specific Issues; Matching Individuals; Analysis of Nations; Birth Data of China; Leadership Profile; Other Interesting Works

Chapter 10: Living in a Continuously Changing World

Yijing; Some Interesting Scenarios; Cyclic Nature of Events; Inherent Propensity for Change; Hexagram Presentation; Extreme Difficulties; Humility; Conflict, Opposition; Excitement, Joy; Contemplation; The Hexagrams; The Trigrams; The Eight Basic Trigrams; Time Dimension; Feng Shui Representation; When Trigrams Combine; Applications; Divination; Formulating a Question; Obtaining Hexagrams; Interpretation Hexagrams; Analysis of Hexagrams; Anatomy of Hexagrams; Interpretation of Hexagrams; Self versus Response Line; Defining Lines; Time of Divination; Changing Scenarios; Experience Counts; Hexagram Names; Listing by Sequence; Listing by Trigram Combinations; Listing by Palaces; Study of Yijing

Chapter 11: Conclusion: What About the Future?

Glossary of Chinese terms

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