Acquisition of proficiency in a foreign language calls for diligent practices in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Learning Chinese is no exception. To a student of Chinese, extensive reading exercises are as important as constant exposure to spoken Mandarin.
Cultural China: Chinese-English Readers series is an open-ended series of collections of writings in Chinese, mostly essays, short stories or novels by contemporary Chinese writers. Our purpose in putting together this bilingual series is to help you enjoy contemporary Chinese literature and other writings in their authentic, unadulterated flavour and to understand the Chinese society, culture, history, and the contemporary life of the Chinese people as you learn language and hone your reading skills. A bilingual text will assist you in better savoring these works and in checking your understanding of the Chinese original against the English translation.
About the Book
Tales from Five Thousand Years of Chinese History is a collection of tales from Chinese history. It follows a chronological order and covers a period from ancient times to pre-Opium War Qing Dynasty.
The selection of topics was done by Mr. Lin Handa (1900-1972), an educator and linguist. Mr. Lin drew up the outline for the collection and contributed some chapters. Following Mr. Lin’s death, Mr. Cao Yuzhang (1924-1996) took over his mantle and completed the work. This collaboration by two consecutive authors has enjoyed wide appeal by virtue of its historical accuracy, well-structured narration, fluent writing and its distinct style.