Under the Ancestors' Shadow: Chinese Culture and Personality

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Chapter XI
WIDER CHINA

NO ASSUMPTION is made that West Town culture is identical with that in other parts of China. In the preceding chapters we noted some features of this culture which apparently distinguish West Town from other parts of the country, even though our knowledge of the latter is limited. Yet the observations on personality configuration made here may be corroborated by data from a much wider field than West Town. In broad outline they apply to South Village, another Yunnan community I have studied. They apply in Manchuria, where I was born and brought up. They apply to Shanghai, Peking, Taiyan, and a number of large cities, as well as to some backward areas of China in which I have studied, worked, or visited briefly.

Most interesting corroborations have been found in two recently published

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Plans and Diagrams xiii
  • Chapter I- Introduction 3
  • Chapter II- Yin Chai and Yang Chai - Worldly and Other-Worldly Residences 29
  • Chapter III- Life and Work under the Ancestral Roof 56
  • Chapter IV- Continuing the Incense Smoke 76
  • Chapter VI- How Ancestors Live 131
  • Chapter VII- Communion with Ancestors 166
  • Chapter VIII- Introduction to the Ancestral Ways 198
  • Chapter IX- The Ancestors'' Shadow 236
  • Chapter X- Culture and Personality 256
  • Summary 276
  • Chapter XI- Wider China 279
  • Appendices 291
  • Index 311
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