By M. Avrum Ehrlich
Jews and Judaism in glossy China explores and compares the dynamics at paintings in of the oldest, intact and starkly contrasting civilizations in the world; Jewish and chinese language. The e-book stories how they have interaction in modernity and the way every one civilization perspectives the opposite, and analyses parts of cooperation among students, activists and politicians. via assessment of the respective abilities, characteristics and social resources which are fused and borrowed within the civilizational alternate, we achieve an perception into the social methods underpinning contrasting and lengthy surviving civilizations.
Identifying and analysing the various rising present concerns, this ebook indicates Jewish-Chinese kinfolk may well develop into a becoming self-discipline of import to the research of faith and comparative identification, and appears at how the numerous contrasts in Jewish and chinese language nationwide constructs may perhaps serve them good within the quest for a significant discourse. Chapters discover identification, integrity of the family; minority prestige; spiritual freedom; ethics and morality; culture as opposed to modernity; the surroundings, and different components that are present process profound transformation.
Identifying the highbrow and useful nexus and bifurcation among the 2 cultures, worldviews and identities, this paintings is imperative for college students of chinese language reviews, sociology, faith and the Jewish diaspora, and gives important analyzing for Western travelers to China.
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Jewish tourists often choose to visit China because of its friendliness to Jews; and stories of cancelled Jewish tours to France, for example, in favor of China are told illustrating the sense of fraternity Jews feel with China and its reception of Jews. Flattered, many emotionally charged Jews feel that they are paradigmatic visitors in China, much like in ancient days, under the millet system of the Ottoman Empire; they see themselves as representatives of two civilizations meeting each other and forging historical ties of friendship.
None the less Chinese nationals continue to do so; so perhaps the pressure to desist is what has caused the Chinese food factor to pale over a generational timeframe. Chinatowns and the overseas Chinese food industry During the course of research I undertook in a number of Chinese Diasporas as part of preliminary studies designed to compare Jewish and Chinese Diasporas, I concluded that the food preparation industry, more than ethnicity, patriotism, religion or ideology, is at the core of the Chinatown phenomenon existing in major cities throughout the world.
Jews are serious, earnest and pious and proud, Chinese are romantic, warm hearted, atheistic and humble. The differences are interesting and we can learn from each other. Young Chinese are very ambitious. Money and position are very important indicators of success, of honor and of status. Wealth is becoming increasingly Chinese perceptions of Jews 21 equated with the most important traditional Chinese icon – the family, respect (and financial responsibility) for parents, care for children, receiving an expensive education.
Jews and Judaism in Modern China by M. Avrum Ehrlich