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THE CHINESE DIMENSIONS: THEIR ROOTS, MINDSET, PSYCHE

TABLE OF CONTENT

Foreword

Acknowledgement

Introduction

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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