Ong Siew Chey

China Condensed. 5,000 Years of History & Culture

About five thousand years ago, the fertile flatlands of the middle Yellow River slowly emerged and grew to what we know today as China. Throughout the millennia, this civilisation has slowly evolved to be one of the world’s biggest economy to reckon with today. This book is a quick introduction to China, with the major part being devoted to its long history. The reader is taken on an insightful journey through the dynasties and learns first hand the major evolutionary changes in almost every aspect of China’s development, particularly in arts and culture.This compact and accessible book successfully condenses five millennia of Chinese history and civilisation. More than a dry recitation of dates, names and events, the book coves a wide range of interesting topics such as the mythical beginnings of China, Chinese stories and legends, traditional Chinese medicine and more current facts and observations
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    Quite good as an introduction, however the chapter about the present state of ethnic minorities is factually wrong. The author sais that all minority groups have autonomy and the Chinese government protects their cultures and ensures their development. In reality, minorities such as Tibetans and Uighurs are kept in reservations, are not allowed to leave them, do not have all civil rights granted to the Chinese, and a lot of them are sent to correction camps.

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    A few years before Qin Shi Huang fell ill and died at the age of 49 while on an inspection trip in the south, a charlatan named Xu Fu (徐福) had approached the emperor, claiming that he could find herbs of immortality on an island in the eastern ocean. He asked the emperor for ships, supplies, 500 young men and 500 young girls. They set sail but never returned. Legend has it that they reached Japan and colonised it
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    Tradition holds that the pattern of traditional Chinese culture was set in the early Zhou dynasty when Zhou Gong (周公), regent for a young king, introduced The Rites of Zhou (周礼).

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