Language : English
Published : 2013-09-30
Pages : 440
Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300_1800
Beneath the modern skyscrapers of Singapore lie the remains of a much older trading port, prosperous and cosmopolitan and a key node in the maritime Silk Road. This book synthesizes 25 years of archaeological research to reconstruct the 14th-century port of Singapore in greater detail than is possible for any other early Southeast Asian city. The picture that emerges is of a port where people processed raw materials, used money, and had specialized occupations. Within its defensive wall, the city was well organized and prosperous, with a cosmopolitan population that included residents from China, other parts of Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean. Fully illustrated, with more than 300 maps and colour photos, Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea presents Singapore’s history in the context of Asia’s long-distance maritime trade in the years between 1300 and 1800: it amounts to a dramatic new understanding of Singapore’s pre-colonial past.
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This book unravels the mystery behind Chinese martial arts, or wushu, an exotic branch of traditional Chinese culture. It traces how the rough and ready brawls of Chinese cavemen matured into the polished gongfu of Shaolin and Wudang warriors. But the art of gongfu is more than just martial abilities – it is also about philosophy and chivalry code. This volume sheds light on the legend of Bruce Lee, the Yue Maiden Sword and tells you more:
- Do the Acupoint Tapping, Light Skills (qinggong), and ”straying down demonic paths” that we see in period drama really exist?
- What are the various boxing and weapon arts, and the various schools and styles?
- Are E’mei Sect, Huashan Sect, Kunlun Sect, Kongtong Sect and Natural Sect documented in Chinese history?
This is an easy and entertaining read, and a must-buy for budding martial-art fans. Be dazzled by the power and grace of Chinese martial arts, which stands tall in a class of its own!
Why do Chinese consider the ‘eight’ to be lucky number? For the answer to this question, look no further than the Eight Immortals, who are one of the most popular subjects of art and craft in China.
The term “Eight Immortals” is used to figuratively for happiness. The stories in this book show how the Eight Immortals brought happiness to the common folk through their miracles and good deeds.
Read about miracles performed by the Eight Immortals to dispel demons and punish the wicked. Tales of how Empress Wu Zetian tried to pray for longevity and how the demons sought to spread the plague will keep you deeply enchanted!
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.
Origins of Chinese Food Culture is the latest addition to Asiapac’s collection of books on Chinese culture. This volume brings you through the origins, history, customs and fascinating tales behind the intricate and perplexing labyrinth of customs and taboos, and the art and science of Chinese food culture.
Did you know that:
- Tables and chairs did not enter common usage until the Southern Song period?
- Female chefs were once the rage in ancient China?
- Zhuge Liang defeated his enemy with mantou?
- Youtiao was also known as ‘deep-fried ghost’?
- Chopsticks were once reputed to detect poison?
Read about all these and manu other enthralling facts in this info-packed book. With this well-illustrated and easy-to-read volume, understanding Chinese culture has never been easier.