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A provocative and important study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business. Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another. Is our mantra "To thine own self be true"? Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves--a family, a religion, a troop--that claims our first allegiance? Gish Jen--drawing on a treasure trove of stories and personal anecdotes, as well as cutting-edge research in cultural…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
A provocative and important study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business. Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another. Is our mantra "To thine own self be true"? Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves--a family, a religion, a troop--that claims our first allegiance? Gish Jen--drawing on a treasure trove of stories and personal anecdotes, as well as cutting-edge research in cultural psychology--reveals how this difference shapes what we perceive and remember, what we say and do and make--how it shapes everything from our ideas about copying and talking in class to the difference between Apple and Alibaba. As engaging as it is illuminating, this is a book that stands to profoundly enrich our understanding of ourselves and of our world.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Random House LCC US
  • Seitenzahl: 336
  • Erscheinungstermin: 28. Februar 2017
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 156mm x 32mm
  • Gewicht: 394g
  • ISBN-13: 9781524711115
  • ISBN-10: 152471111X
  • Artikelnr.: 45983833
Autorenporträt
GISH JEN is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and a previous book of nonfiction, Tiger Writing. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She teaches from time to time in China and otherwise lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface
Part I: We Edit the World
1 Three Edits
2 A Telling Irritation
3 Some Helpful Background
4 The Asian Paradox
Part II: The Flexi-Self
5 What Is a Flexi-Self?
6 Boundary Blurring
7 The Genius and the Master
8 Testing, Testing
9 Patterns and Training
Part III: The Big Pit Self
10 How WEIRD We Are
11 America, an Explanation
Part IV: Meetings and Mixings
12 Our Talking, Our Selves
13 In Praise of Ambidependence
14 Greatness in Two Flavors
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Appendix A: Key to Self Text
Appendix B: Recommended Reading
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index