Art and Music in Chinese Culture
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This paper describes Chinese cultural traditions and outlines the history of China's dynasties. The paper goes on to explore the history and traditions surrounding the arts, architecture and music in China.
From the Paper:"China is known as a state of etiquette and ceremonies. Many proverbs have been passed down from generation to generation such as civility costs nothing or courtesy demands reciprocity and so on. For instance, there is an interesting short story. Once upon a time, a man went on a long tour to visit his friend with a swan as a gift. But it escaped from the cage on the way and in his effort to catch it; he got hold of nothing but a feather. Instead of returning home, he continued his journey with the swan feather. When his friend received this unexpected gift, he was deeply moved by the story as well as the sincerity. And the saying 'the gift is nothing much, but it's the thought that counts.' was spread far and wide.
"Chinese consider gifts as an important part to show courtesy. It is appropriate to give gifts on occasions such as festival, birthday, wedding, or visiting a patient. If you are invited to a family party, small gifts like wine, tea, cigarettes, or candies are welcomed. Also fruit, pastries, and flowers are a safe choice. As to other things, you should pay a little attention to the cultural differences. Contrary to Westerners, odd numbers are thought to be unfortunate. So wedding gifts and birthday gifts for the aged are always sent in pairs for the old saying goes that blessings come in pairs."
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Art and Music in Chinese Culture (2003, October 26) Retrieved December 15, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/art-and-music-in-chinese-culture-44004/
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