Item description for Chinese Characteristics by Arthur Henderson Smith...
Written by a highly observant British missionary after living fifteen years in the country,and first published in 1890 in China, this book presents the social life and personal character traits of the typical Chinese. In spite of the drastic changes in the past 110 years, the patterns of behavior and social mores of the people is probably much the same as when this book was written.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6" Height: 0.98" Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Publisher Simon Publications
ISBN 1931541213 ISBN13 9781931541213
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More About Arthur Henderson Smith
Arthur H. Smith, a pioneering sociologist, was a long time resident of China.
Arthur Henderson Smith was born in 1845 and died in 1932.
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Wish I could give it SIX stars! Mar 20, 2004
I'd been living in China about a year when I came across this extraordinary book. Actually, I think the word "stunning" better describes it for me, if for no other reason than the sheer elegance of the language.
For clarity of thought and depth of insight I'd rank the author with de Tocqueville, and as an observer of daily life, I'm not sure I've ever come across a better or more interesting one.
The author possesses a scholarly sensibility and a genuinely humane nature that, when combined with his other gifts, allows him to draw conclusions based on his observations that are, for someone reading the book while actually living in the country, remarkably enduring.
What a pleasure!
If that weren't enough, since he wrote in the 19th Century, the author is blessedly free of all the cultural relativism, or political correctness, or whatever you want to call it, that renders so many modern Westerners incapable of saying anything interesting, or accurate, or thoughtful at all about China.
Mr. Smith is honest and even-handed (and, therefore, a true friend of China); his observations are blunt, which, while sometimes uncomfortable to a modern sensibility, is ...well...very Chinese.