Genius of China by Robert Temple

By Robert Temple

This name deals a charming examine the unprecedented achievements of historical China later followed by means of the West. From the suspension bridge to the decimal approach, China's contributions in engineering, drugs, maths, technology, struggle, transportation and tune helped encourage the West's agricultural and business revolutions. in line with the monstrous scholarship of the past due Dr. Joseph Needham - the world's preferable sinologist - Robert Temple now captures the spirit and pleasure of centuries of ingenuity during this hugely obtainable, lavishly illustrated quantity.

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It stereotypes the able-bodied male as the worker, discounting children at work and the handicapped. Despite the gaps, the impression comes through clearly that from the 1880s to the 1930s, as an elite emerged from among the Chinese population, a substantial number of people lived, not necessarily in monetary poverty — when wages are compared between Hong Kong and the mainland — but under the burden of high rent that outstripped any improvement that wage increases might warrant. This setting highlights the difference between the new-comer and the long-term settler.

11 When the British first took over the island of Hong Kong, there were only a few thousand farmers and fisherfolk scattered among small villages and moorings. There was no city. The city was built under British sponsorship by migrants from the Mainland. During the 1840s, tens of thousands of men from Mainland villages came to Hong Kong to make a living. There soon arose loose organizations of these migrants by place of origin or by trade; there were also some secret societies. But, apart from occasional outbursts against particularly irksome policies of the British RELIGION IN HONG KONG HISTORY 43 colonial authorities, there were no organizations, which brought them together across the boundaries of home place or occupation.

The emerging city of Hong Kong, on the other hand, was not a city of the Qing empire. There were no mandarins appointed by the emperor and, therefore, no divine projection of the magistrate or city god. The Man Mo Temple was the social organization of Chinese people outside the jurisdiction of the Qing Empire and under the rule of the British colonial empire. This society was organized on the basis of popular religion.

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