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Wittgenstein, A One-way Ticket, and Other Unforeseen Benefits of Studying Chinese | Edited by Perry Link

Wittgenstein, A One-way Ticket, and Other Unforeseen Benefits of Studying Chinese | Edited by Perry Link
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Wittgenstein, A One-way Ticket, and Other Unforeseen Benefits of Studying Chinese | Edited by Perry Link
…. to imagine a language means to imagine a form of life.
 
––Ludwig Wittgenstein
 
(Philosophical Investigation, 1953)
 
Whatever specific goal motivated people who study Chinese at first eventually dissolves into the larger Chinese world, and that world—its loves and joys, its stings and frustrations, in any case its incapability of being boring—takes over.
 
This is a fascinating, insightful collection of essays by some of the world’s most renowned China experts, who share personal recollections of their time in China—often beginning in the 1970s, when foreigners were just beginning to navigate the linguistic and cultural terrain of that country—and reflect on what learning Chinese has meant to them in their careers and lives. These ten native English speakers share rare and, at times, humorous and intimate moments, of how learning and speaking Chinese has removed barriers, built rapport, opened doors and sometimes led them down entirely unexpected roads that have changed the course of their lives.
 
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Given China's growing impact on the world, all countries need to better understand Chinese thinking, and the Chinese language is a vital tool for making the breakthrough. This book has brought together a group of outstanding people who have learned Chinese and here give a nuanced, informed view of how one makes the breakthrough and what difference it makes.
 
–EZRA VOGEL
 
Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University The authors evoke various transformative, enriching experiences that enable generations of future students to enter new worlds of meaning. Readers of disparate backgrounds will gain fresh insight to what mastering a foreign tongue can accomplish beyond academic research.
 
–VERA SCHWARCZ
 
Emerita Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University By turns probing, provocative, playful, and at times even profound, the essays gathered together here have much to offer those fascinated by China, as well as those who are simply intrigued by the challenges of translating between any pair or set of languages and cultures.
 
–JEFFREY WASSERSTROM
 
co-author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know......they show how a solid working knowledge of Chinese allows foreigners to make unmediated and eye-opening contact with China’s amazingly diverse citizenry. Must reading for anyone interested in China.
 
–PAUL G. PICKOWICZ
 
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies, University of California, San Diego
書籍詳情
作者/譯者/編者: Edited by Perry Link
出版社: 中文大學出版社
國際書號: 9789882370944
出版年月: 2019-12
頁數: 264
開度: 140x216x15mm
圖書分類: CLASSIC LITERATURE

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