Introduction to Chinese Ideas in the West

Part One: A Brief Introduction to Chinese Visas

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During the show, it feels odd that Shen Yun's fearmongering and pleas for sympathy are taught by enthusiastic emcees as "fun facts" to a largely non-Chinese audience, which probably is looking for more of a basic introduction to Chinese culture.

They also remarked on the strong position women enjoyed in early Japanese culture, in marked contrast to their clear subordination in China.

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borrowing from their ancient and advanced Chinese neighbors, the innovators
argued, allowed the Japanese to become fully civilized without destroying
their own culture and identity.

Because Japanese rulers lacked the resource base of the Chinese emperors
and worked with a society that differed greatly in scale and organization,
many of their efforts to imitate Chinese patterns ended in failure.

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"This is without question the largest and most sustained tour focusing on Chinese culture that's ever happened in the United States," says Clayton Dube, the executive director of the University of Southern California's U.S.-China Institute. "And when the Sunday edition is wrapped in Shen Yun advertising and they have billboards adjacent to the 405, alongside Sony and Apple, targeting the most trafficked highway in America, you know they're looking to fill seats with a mass audience."

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with the Chinese characters, which were adapted only with great difficulty to
the Japanese language, made it possible for the Yamato to begin to build a
real bureaucracy and thus more firmly establish their control over vassal clan
heads and the peasantry.

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The combination of these
contacts and the Yamatos' successful campaigns to unify the Japanese people
led to profound transformations in Japanese society and culture in the
following centuries.

The Chinese Model And The Remaking Of Japan

Though trade and the continued influx of migrants from the mainland had
brought the Japanese peoples into contact with Chinese civilization from the
last centuries B.C., the introduction of the Chinese script in the 4th century

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with the Shinto shrine at Ise underscores the contrast between the sparse
indigenous art adn architectural styles and the more ornate Buddhist
structures that were modeled on Chinese prototypes.]

Indigenous Culture And Society

Long before distinctively Chinese cultural influences began to shape
Japanese historical development, the indigenous peoples of the islands had
taken significant steps toward the creation of a civilization of their own.

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The monks also greatly
increased the number of Chinese texts available to Japanese scholars, and
introduced the Chinese chronicles that served as the models for the first
written histories of Japan.

Though converts from aristocratic Japanese families studied the complex
beliefs of Buddhist philosophy and practiced its highly developed meditation
techniques, to the illiterate mass of the Japanese people Buddhism was little
more than a magical cult.

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Over the past two millennia,
the Japanese have gradually displaced or absorbed the remaining Ainu, building
in the process a strong sense of cultural and ethnic identity.

[See Temple At Nara: The critical role played by Buddhism in the transmission
of key elements of Chinese civilization to Japan is strikingly illustrated by
early Buddhist monastaries and temples such as this one at Nara.