House, home, family : living and being Chinese / edited by Ronald G. Knapp and Kai-Yin Lo.

by Knapp, Ronald G., 1940-Looking glass; Lo, Kai-YinLooking glass; China Institute in AmericaLooking glass.

Series: Spatial habitus (Series): Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press ; [2005]Description: xxi, 453 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0824829530; 9780824829537.Other title: Living and being Chinese.Subject(s): Architecture and society -- China | Architecture -- Human factors -- China | Architecture, Domestic -- ChinaLooking glass | Symbolism in architecture -- China | Vernacular architecture -- ChinaLooking glass
Contents:
Looking back on Chinese art, architecture, and history / Wen Fong -- China's houses, homes, and families / Ronald G. Knapp -- House : an introduction / Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt -- In search of the elusive Chinese house / Ronald G. Knapp -- House and garden : sanctuary for the body and the mind / Joseph C. Wang -- Siting and situating a dwelling : Fengshui, house-building rituals, and amulets / Ronald G. Knapp -- Chinese architectural aesthetics : patterns of living and being between past and present / Cary Y. Liu -- Traditional Chinese architecture and furniture : a cultural interpretation / Kai-Yin Lo -- Sheltering the past : the preservation of China's old dwellings / Nancy Berliner -- Meaning of jia : an introduction / Nancy Jervis -- House united, house divided : myths and realities, then and now / Myron L. Cohen -- Inner quarters : oppression or freedom? / Francesca Bray -- Between house and home : the family in South China / David Faure -- Ancestral halls : family, lineage, and ritual / Puay-peng Ho -- Reading the text of the home : domestic ritual configuration through print / James A. Flath -- Symbolic seasonal round in house and palace : counting the auspicious nines in traditional China / Maggie Bickford -- Making room for intimacy : domestic space and conjugal privacy in rural North China / Yunxiang Yan.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-439) and index.
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Drawing on the work of leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, architecture, art, art history, geography, and history, House Home Family explores and analyzes the functional, social, and symbolic attributes of Chinese dwellings. It goes beyond generalization to clarify the diverse nature of house, home, and family in China, exploring such topics as the Chinese garden as an integral part of living, house-building ritual and fengshui, architectural aesthetics, the inter-relatedness of furniture and architecture, preservation of historical structures, the structure and development of the family (jia), gender and household space, the role of lineage in the construction of ritual and social space, the function and meaning of the architectural division of space, and domestic space and privacy. The Chinese house, the elementary space in which a family lives and works, resonates the tensions between continuity and innovation that characterize China today. As a dynamic instrument of socialization and a domain of propriety, its "inner" and "outer" spaces as well as ornamentation and ritual helped shape the identity of the Chinese and simultaneously serve as a reflection of this identity.

This inaugural volume in the series Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Vernacular Architecture contains more than five hundred illustrations, most in color and including a number of rare drawings that demonstrate the richness of domestic architecture and living patterns in traditional and contemporary China. Through its exploration of how Chinese families are organized and why Chinese construct their living spaces the way they do, this carefully researched, convincingly argues, and refreshingly insightful book yields a deeper and wider understanding of what it means to live and be Chinese.

Contributors: Nancy Berliner, Maggie Bickford, Francesca Bray, Myron L. Cohen, David Faure, James Flath, Wen Fong, Puaypeng Ho, Nancy Jervis, Ronald G. Knapp, Cary Liu, Kai-Yin Lo, Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, Joseph Wang, Yan Yunxiang.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-439) and index.

Foreword : Looking back on Chinese art, architecture, and history / Wen Fong -- China's houses, homes, and families / Ronald G. Knapp -- House : an introduction / Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt -- In search of the elusive Chinese house / Ronald G. Knapp -- House and garden : sanctuary for the body and the mind / Joseph C. Wang -- Siting and situating a dwelling : Fengshui, house-building rituals, and amulets / Ronald G. Knapp -- Chinese architectural aesthetics : patterns of living and being between past and present / Cary Y. Liu -- Traditional Chinese architecture and furniture : a cultural interpretation / Kai-Yin Lo -- Sheltering the past : the preservation of China's old dwellings / Nancy Berliner -- Meaning of jia : an introduction / Nancy Jervis -- House united, house divided : myths and realities, then and now / Myron L. Cohen -- Inner quarters : oppression or freedom? / Francesca Bray -- Between house and home : the family in South China / David Faure -- Ancestral halls : family, lineage, and ritual / Puay-peng Ho -- Reading the text of the home : domestic ritual configuration through print / James A. Flath -- Symbolic seasonal round in house and palace : counting the auspicious nines in traditional China / Maggie Bickford -- Making room for intimacy : domestic space and conjugal privacy in rural North China / Yunxiang Yan.

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CHOICE Review

This initial volume in a proposed series, "Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Vernacular Architecture," grew out of a symposium at China Institute in New York City in 2001. Editors Knapp (emer., SUNY, New Paltz), a major authority on Chinese houses, and Kai-Yin Lo, independent scholar focusing on vernacular architecture and furniture, had symposium participants enlarge on their presentations to provide a fascinating, in-depth study of traditional Chinese family life--"traditional" meaning "not yet vanished." Contributors are museum curators, art historians, historians, anthropologists, and architects active in the field for many years; in a few instances, they introduce earlier studies into their chapters. The book's first half discusses the house proper: its history, materials, construction, siting and planning, furniture, and preservation. The second half turns the house into a home by delving deeply into family makeup and activities. The prospective series' subtitle, "Making and Meaning in Asia's Vernacular Architecture," is lucidly expounded upon, and abundant illustrations with explanatory captions result in a captivating study. The volume includes a thorough glossary including Chinese characters, an extensive bibliography, and a list of contributors. A must addition for college libraries, valuable and accessible for all. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. D. K. Haworth emeritus, Carleton College

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