Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

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Edward Lawrence Davis
Routledge, 2005 - History - 786 pages
'Made in China' has become a tag familiar to all Westerners, but China's shift to a market economy in the early 1980s released not only the industrial but also the vast creative energies of China's citizens to produce a cultural renaissance unique in the contemporary world.
The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture is the first reference book to digest this vast cultural output and make it accessible to the English-speaking world. The Encyclopedia contains nearly 1,200 entries written by an international team of specialists to enable readers to explore a range of diverse and fascinating cultural subjects from prisons to rock groups, underground Christian churches to TV talk shows and radio hotlines.
While the focus of the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture is on mainland China since 1980, the Encyclopedia also includes longer, specially commissioned entries on various aspects of contemporary culture in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most entries include full and up-to-date references for further reading, making the Encyclopedia an indispensable reference tool for all teachers and students of contemporary Chinese culture. It is also likely to be warmly embraced as an invaluable source of cultural context by tourists, journalists, business people and others who visit China.

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Edward L. Davis is Associate Professor of Chinese History at the University of Hawai'i. He received his B.A. (1976) in modern European history from Harvard College and both his M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1993) in Chinese history from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Society and the Supernatural in Song China (2001) and various articles on the history of the Song and Ming dynasties. He would rather be playing his cello.

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