Jews and Judaism in Modern China explores and compares the
dynamics at work in two of the oldest, intact and starkly
contrasting civilizations on earth; Jewish and Chinese. The book
studies how they interact in modernity and how each civilization
views the other, and analyses areas of cooperation between
scholars, activists and politicians. Through evaluation of the
respective talents, qualities and social assets that are fused and
borrowed in the civilizational exchange, we gain an insight into
the social processes underpinning two contrasting and long
Identifying and analysing some of the emerging current issues,
this book suggests Jewish-Chinese relations may become a growing
discipline of import to the study of religion and comparative
identity, and looks at how the significant contrasts in Jewish and
Chinese national constructs may serve them well in the quest for a
meaningful discourse. Chapters explore identity, integrity of the
family unit; minority status; religious freedom; ethics and
morality; tradition versus modernity; the environment, and other
areas which are undergoing profound transformation.
Identifying the intellectual and practical nexus and bifurcation
between the two cultures, worldviews and identities, this work is
indispensable for students of Chinese studies, sociology, religion
and the Jewish diaspora, and provides useful reading for Western
tourists to China.
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