Language : English
Published : 2017-08-15
Pages : 496
Changing Lives in Laos: New Perspectives on Society, Politics, and Culture in Laos
During the last two decades, Laos has undergone major transformations due to a massive influx of foreign investment. Improved communications and new forms of mobility have dramatically altered rural life. Changing Lives in Laos brings together contributions from young scholars that look closely at these transitions and the resulting rise of a new social, cultural, and economic order. The essays in this volume draw on original fieldwork and provide fresh analyses of topics such as the structures of power, the politics of territoriality, and new forms of sociability in emerging urban spaces.
About the Author
Vanina Boute is associate professor in the sociology department at the University of Picardie, France. Vatthana Pholsena is associate professor in the Department of Southeast Asia Studies at the National University of Singapore and a fellow of the French National Centre for Scientific Research.
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One of the Four Main Classical Novels of China, A Dream of Red Mansions is the only novel to address the role of women in China’s history. This tragic romance is brought to life with the delicate penstrokes of local artist Seraphina Lum, in her debut graphic novel. Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu are cousins who grow up together in the Rong Mansion, residence of the Jia clan. Bound together by their love for poetry, the two lovers spend much time in the beautiful Grand View Garden reciting and composing their own poetry. However, their romance is hindered by Daiyu’s weak condition and Baoyu’s impending marriage with his other cousin, Baochai. The romance is framed by subplots of deceit, tyranny, and lust. Female characters are abound in this classic, and range from the manipulative Wang Xifeng, mistress of the Jian clan, to the maligned Qingwen, Baoyu’s maid. This is truly a classic that is not to be missed!
Chinese Opera is one of the world’s oldest dramatic forms and a well-loved treasure of Chinese culture. It is a wonderful combination of dance, music, literature, poetry, singing and dialogue, acrobatics and martial arts to create a unique form of acting that includes “singing, speaking, acting and acrobatic fighting”.
Find out more fascinating details about Chinese opera:
- Why is the clown mask so colorful?
- Who is the “big painted face”?
- What does it signify when a opera performer stands on the table?
- Origins of Chinese Opera is definitely an eye-catching book complete with pictures and comics vividly portraying various opera genres popular in China. You will be fascinated by how the art form is able to transform and adapt itself to appeal to the sophisticated audience of our digital era.
Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese. This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others:
- Animals: Phoenix, tortoise , tiger, bat, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp, goldfish and others.
- Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
- Objects: Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and ‘tower of wisdom’.
- Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish, chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
- Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.
Creation of the Gods, a Chinese literary classic, ranks among great works such as The Three Kingdoms, Water Margin and Journey to the West. It relates the struggles between forces of King Zhou, the despotic last ruler of the Shang dynasty, and Jiang Ziya, the legendary commander and strategist who helped found the Zhou dynasty in the 11th century BC. The ensuing battles were a spectacular drama featuring enlightened priests, immortals, spirits, demons, kings and generals. Astride exotic animals or soaring on clouds, they duelled with a formidable array of magic weapons that will captivate the reader from beginning to end. There is no better way to rediscover the saga of the infamous King Zhou and his vixen-concubine, and how they got their just deserts from the army of the virtuous Wen, founder of the Zhou dynasty.