Daily Life for the Common People of China, 1850 to 1950: Understanding Chaoben Culture

Daily Life for the Common People of China, 1850 to 1950: Understanding Chaoben Culture

English | ISBN: 9004361022 | 2018 | 483 Pages | PDF | 13 MB

In this exciting book, Ronald Suleski introduces daily life for the common people of China in the century from 1850 to 1950. They were semi-literate, yet they have left us written accounts of their hopes, fears, and values. They have left us the hand-written manuscripts (chaoben³­±¾) now flooding the antiques markets in China. These documents represent a new and heretofore overlooked category of historical sources.
Suleski gives a detailed explanation of the interaction ofchaobenwith the lives of the people. He offers examples of why they were so important to the poor laboring masses: people wanted horoscopes predicting their future, information about the ghosts causing them headaches, a few written words to help them trade in the rural markets, and many more examples are given. The book contains a special appendix giving the first complete translation into English of a chaoben describing the ghosts and goblins that bedeviled the poor working classes.

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