Jews and Judaism in Modern China

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 ...

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Author: M. Avrum Ehrlich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135214432

Category: History

Page: 304

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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 surviving civilizations. 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.

The Image of Jews in Contemporary China

The Chinese are constructing an identity for a people that the large majority of them will never meet. This edited volume critically examines the image of Jews from the contemporary perspective of ordinary Chinese citizens.

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Author: James R. Ross

Publisher: Jewish Identities in Post-Mode

ISBN: 1618117688

Category: History

Page: 256

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Bookstores in Chinese cities are stocked with dozens of Chinese-language books on how Jews conduct business, manage the world, and raise their children. At least ten universities throughout China offer popular Jewish Studies programs, some with advanced degrees. Yet there are virtually no Jews in China. The Chinese are constructing an identity for a people that the large majority of them will never meet. This edited volume critically examines the image of Jews from the contemporary perspective of ordinary Chinese citizens. It includes chapters on Chinese Jewish Studies programs, popular Chinese books and blogs about Jews, China_s relations with Israel, and innovative examinations of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng.

Chinese Perceptions of the Jews and Judaism

This book is also more than a historical book on China in that it opens a new arena for modern Jewish studies from a unique angle.

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Author: Zhou Xun

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136835094

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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While prejudice against Jews is a real and ongoing category in Western culture, little attention has been paid to the myths of the Jews' and their impact in countries outside the West. This work draws on a wide variety of source materials from the past two centuries to examine the images of the Jews' as constructed in China. However, the interest here does not lie in the determination of the boundary between the real and fictional aspects of these images. Rather, it lies in the implications associated with the Jew' as an other', which remains a distant mirror in the construction of the self' amongst various social groups in modern China. Although it has been noted by a few scholars that the use of the Jews' as a category was important to many thinkers of modern China in the construction of their nationalistic and socio- political ideologies, this is the first systematic study in the field to be published. This book is also more than a historical book on China in that it opens a new arena for modern Jewish studies from a unique angle.

The Jewish Chinese Nexus

This volume studies how they are interacting in modernity; how they view each other and what areas of cooperation are evolving between their scholars, activists and politicians and what talents, qualities and social assets are being ...

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Author: M. Avrum Ehrlich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134105533

Category: History

Page: 328

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The Jewish Chinese Nexus explores through a collection of articles the nexus between two of the oldest, intact, starkly contrasting and most interesting civilizations on earth; Jews and Chinese. This volume studies how they are interacting in modernity; how they view each other and what areas of cooperation are evolving between their scholars, activists and politicians and what talents, qualities and social assets are being recognized on each side for the purpose of cooperation and exchange. Featuring contributions from some of the most important scholars and activists from China and from around the Jewish Diaspora, the essays purview China related themes including the fascination of Chinese with Jews and Judaism and its potential value in Chinese national and religious reconstruction; religious and ethnic identity; East – West interactions. It deals with the growing Jewish community in China and its impact as well as the development of Jewish studies in China and the translation of Jewish texts into Chinese and their impact. The work is a first of its kind, identifying an emerging meeting point between these two people and arguing that despite the giant contrasts in their national constructs they have nonetheless other important patterns and themes in common which pave the way for fruitful cooperation and mutual respect.

From Kaifeng to Shanghai

Modern Chinese views/policies on "the Jewish paradox," and the Old Testament in Chinese literary criticism conclude the volume. Illustrations document traces of the Jewish presence in China.

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Author: China-Zentrum (Sankt Augustin, Germany)

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: UOM:39015053490028

Category: Jews

Page: 706

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The collection presents the proceedings of the international colloquium held in Sankt Augustin in 1997 and additional materials. The articles are written in English, German or Chinese (with English abstracts). The volume includes a general index with glossary.

Jews and Judaism in Traditional China

Dikötter , Frank The Discourse of Race in Modern China , Hurst , London , 1992 . Does not mention Kaifeng Jews , but interesting for antisemitism in China ...

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Author: Donald Leslie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: STANFORD:36105029265886

Category: China

Page: 291

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This wide ranging bibliography comprises primary and secondary works on native Chinese Jews in traditional China, most notably the Jewish community of Kaifeng. It also includes the early knowledge and writings by Chinese about Jews and Judaism, as well as the early writings by Jews about China. The author concentrates on primary sources and original contributions, giving subheadings and short annotations for the main items and indicating his judgement of their value.

Youtai Presence and Perception of Jews and Judaism in China

This volume summarizes the results of a research project organized at Mainz University in Germersheim, Germany. It focused on the Jewish community in Kaifeng in China (12th to 19th century).

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Author: Peter Kupfer

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3631575335

Category: Religion

Page: 327

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This volume summarizes the results of a research project organized at Mainz University in Germersheim, Germany. It focused on the Jewish community in Kaifeng in China (12th to 19th century). In recent years, increasing research has been done about the history and culture of the Jews in China, and in the future, more academic interest in all questions connected with it can be expected. Main topics are the perception of Chinese Judaism in European history as well as in Chinese society itself, the self-image of the descendants in Kaifeng and their present status in China, and how China deals with foreign ethnics and religions as part of its own history and identity. These topics were discussed from various interdisciplinary points of view. The authors from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Great Britain, France, and Germany are prominent sino-judaists who present their latest results of research in the light of new facts and approaches.

Jews in China

This volume gathers fourteen of Eber’s most salient articles and essays on the exchanges between Jewish and Chinese cultures, making available to students, scholars, and general readers a representative sample of the range and depth of ...

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Author: Irene Eber

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271085852

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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Irene Eber was one of the foremost authorities on Jews in China during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—a field that, in contrast to the study of the Jewish diaspora in Europe and the Americas, has been critically neglected. This volume gathers fourteen of Eber’s most salient articles and essays on the exchanges between Jewish and Chinese cultures, making available to students, scholars, and general readers a representative sample of the range and depth of her important work in the field of Jews in China. Jews in China delineates the centuries-long, reciprocal dialogue between Jews, Jewish culture, and China, all under the overarching theme of cultural translation. The first section of the book sets forth a sweeping overview of the history of Jews in China, beginning in the twelfth century and concluding with a detailed assessment of the two crucial years leading up to the Second World War. The second section examines the translation of Chinese classics into Hebrew and the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Chinese. The third and final section turns to modern literature, bringing together eight essays that underscore the cultural reciprocity that takes place through acts of translation. The centuries-long relationship between Judaism and China is often overlooked in the light of the extensive discourse surrounding European and American Judaism. With this volume, Eber reminds us that we have much to learn from the intersections between Jewish identity and Chinese culture.

Judaising Movements

This book will look at the role of colonialism in the development of Judaising movements throughout the world, including New Zealand, Japan, India, Burma and Africa. Particular attention will be paid to the Lemba tribe of Southern Africa.

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Author: Tudor Parfitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136860348

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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The history of Judaising movements has been largely ignored by historians of religion. This volume analyzes the interplay between colonialism, a Judaism not traditionally viewed as proselytising but which at certain points was struggling to heed the Prophets and become a light unto the Gentiles' and the attraction for many different peoples of the rooted historicity of Judaism and by the symbolic appropriation of Jewish suffering. This book will look at the role of colonialism in the development of Judaising movements throughout the world, including New Zealand, Japan, India, Burma and Africa. Particular attention will be paid to the Lemba tribe of Southern Africa. A remarkable parallel movement in 1930s Southern Italy will also be dealt with. The history of the converts of San Nicandro is seen in the context of currents of Jewish universalism, messianism and Zionism. Gender issues are also discussed here as the converted women assumed powers they had not hitherto enjoyed.

Wanderers and Settlers in the Far East

"This book tells of a part of Jewish history which up to this time has remained unchronicled and which in another generation might have become irretrievable from the whitewash of time.

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Author: Herman Dicker

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105070532341

Category: Jews

Page: 207

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"This book tells of a part of Jewish history which up to this time has remained unchronicled and which in another generation might have become irretrievable from the whitewash of time. In the course of 19th-century western expansion, Jews were among the pioneers who settled in China, and Jews were among the Russians who ventured into Manchuria by way of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, symbol of the Czar's advance toward the Pacific. These wanderers never knew how long conditions would allow them to settle; yet, in spite of all political and economic uncertainties they succeeded in developing thriving communities. Nor did they forget the fate of their fellow Jews, but they succored and took in the thousands who fled Russia in World War I and Nazi Europe in World War II. This is a story of these wanderers, and to tell it Rabbi Dicker had to dig through obscure Japanese and American archives, but perhaps even more was salvaged through his gentle probing of the memories of those who lived through the Japanese invasion of China, World War II, and the flight to Japan when the Communists took over China. This is an extraordinary chapter in modern, as well as Jewish, history and provides another means of gaining insight to life in the Far East."--Jacket.

Revolution and Cosmopolitanism

Accidental death tragically cut short Levenson's life and the preparation of the work. He did leave behind, however, an embryo of it in the form of this book, Revolution and Cosmopolitanism.

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Author: Joseph Levenson

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520303867

Category: History

Page: 96

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In 1965, Joseph R. Levenson began working on a new trilogy to follow his earlier study of modern Chinese intellectual history, Confucian China and Its Modern Fate. By 1969, he had already sketched out basic outlines of the work, which was to be called Provincialism, Nationalism, and Cosmopolitanism. It was to consist of three volumes: one sounding the general themes of the arrangement, and two other elaborating its motifs. Accidental death tragically cut short Levenson's life and the preparation of the work. He did leave behind, however, an embryo of it in the form of this book, Revolution and Cosmopolitanism. Based upon a careful analysis of a wide selection of Western plays translated into Chinese during the twentieth century, Revolution and Cosmopolitanism tries to set the Communist Cultural Revolution into a new kind of historical perspective. Beginning with the demise of a Confucian China which "new youth" intellectuals found too provincial for their palates, Levenson shows how those same cosmopolitans in the 1920s and 1920s damed later Communist intellectuals of the 1950s for being to receptive to non-Chinese values. As Red Guards attacked symbols of a feudal Confucian past and a bourgeois foreign present, China slipped into a new sort of provincialism. Levenson analyzes their transformation with profound subtlety. Convinced that revolutionary China cannot forever seal itself off from universal cosmopolitan influences, he expresses sympathy throughout with the dilemma of rootless intellectuals in a society searching for a particular non-intellectual identity. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1971.

This is the Sound of Irony Music Politics and Popular Culture

The elite class of sephardic Jews, who were themselves naturalized British ... 9 M. Avrum Ehrlich, Jews and Judaism in Modern China (New York, 2010), p.

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Author: Dr Katherine L. Turner

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781472442598

Category: Music

Page: 270

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The use of irony in music is just beginning to be defined and critiqued, irony in popular music being especially worthy of study because it is pervasive, even fundamental to the music, the business of making music and the politics of messaging. Contributors to this collection address a variety of musical ironies found in the ‘notes themselves,’ in the text or subtext, and through performance, reception and criticism. This interdisciplinary volume creates new methodologies and applies existing theories of irony to musical works that have made a cultural or political impact through the use of this most multifaceted of devices.

Between Mumbai and Manila

Judaism in Asia Since the Founding of the State of Israel (proceedings of ... Ehrlich, M. Avrum: Jews and Judaism in Modern China, London: Routledge 2010.

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Author: Manfred Hutter

Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH

ISBN: 9783847101581

Category: History

Page: 268

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Hauptbeschreibung Der Band bietet einen Einblick in die Vielfalt des Judentums in Asien zwischen Mumbai und Manila. Einige Beiträge behandeln Fragen der untrennbaren Verflechtungen zwischen Politik und Judentum, andere scheinen auf den ersten Blick primär Lokalstudien zu jüdischen Gemeinden in Südasien, Südostasien und China zu sein. Aber es ist unverkennbar, dass auch solche lokalen Gemeinden immer in ein Netzwerk des globalen Judentums eingebettet sind, zugleich aber in Interaktion mit den dominierenden Religionen in den jeweiligen asiatischen Ländern stehen und dadurch interkultu.

The Market and the Oikos

The many elements of the fundamental antagonism of Market versus Oikos (= family, household or State) are analyzed and defined in Western and Chinese historical and present contexts.

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Author: Hans Derks

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004383913

Category: History

Page: 442

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The many elements of the fundamental antagonism of Market versus Oikos (= family, household or State) are analyzed and defined in Western and Chinese historical and present contexts. In this exercise, Max Weber is chosen as our “sparring partner” because of his Chinese and Western writings

Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society

The Image of Jews in Contemporary China, a collection of a dozen articles by various ... her book of 2001, Chinese Perceptions of the “Jews” and Judaism, ...

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Author: Richard I. Cohen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190912628

Category: History

Page: 335

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"Bringing together contributions from a diverse group of scholars, Volume XXX of Studies in Contemporary Jewry presents a multifaceted view of the subtle and intricate relations between Jews and their relationship to place. The symposium covers Europe, the Middle East, and North America from the 18th century to the 21st."--

The Discourse of Race in Modern China

Sidney Shapiro, Jews in old China: Studies by Chinese scholars, ... China, see Zhou Xun, Chinese perceptions of the 'Jew' and Judaism: A history of the ...

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Author: Frank Dikötter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190613334

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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First published in 1992, The Discourse of Race in Modern China rapidly became a classic, showing for the first time on the basis of detailed evidence how and why racial categorisation became so widespread in China. After the country's devastating defeat against Japan in 1895, leading reformers like Yan Fu, Liang Qichao and Kang Youwei turned away from the Confucian classics to seek enlightenment abroad, hoping to find the keys to wealth and power on the distant shores of Europe. Instead, they discovered the notion of 'race', and used new evolutionary theories from Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer to present a universe red in tooth and claw in which 'yellows' competed with 'whites' in a deadly struggle for survival. After the fall of the empire in 1911, prominent politicians and writers in republican China continued to measure, classify and rank people from around the world according to their supposed biological features, all in the name of science. Racial thinking remains popular in the People's Republic of China, as serologists, geneticists and anthropometrists continue to interpret human variation in terms of 'race'. This new edition has been revised and expanded to include a new chapter taking the reader up to the twenty-first century.

Jewish Cryptotheologies of Late Modernity

JEWISH EDUCATION AND HISTORY Continuity, Crisis and Change Moshe Aberbach; Edited and translated by David Aberbach JEWS AND JUDAISM IN MODERN CHINA M. Avrum ...

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Author: Agata Bielik-Robson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317684503

Category: Philosophy

Page: 340

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This book aims to interpret ‘Jewish Philosophy’ in terms of the Marrano phenomenon: as a conscious clinamen of philosophical forms used in order to convey a ‘secret message’ which cannot find an open articulation. The Marrano phenomenon is employed here, in the domain of modern philosophical thought, where an analogous tendency can be seen: the clash of an open idiom and a secret meaning, which transforms both the medium and the message. Focussing on key figures of late modern, twentieth century Jewish thought; Hermann Cohen, Gershom Scholem, Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, Theodor Adorno, Ernst Bloch, Jacob Taubes, Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, this book demonstrates how their respective manners of conceptualization swerve from the philosophical mainstream along the Marrano ‘secret curve.’ Analysing their unique contribution to the ‘unfinished project of modernity,’ including issues of the future of the Enlightenment, modern nihilism and post-secular negotiation with religious heritage, this book will be essential reading for students and researchers with an interest in Jewish Studies and Philosophy.

The Jews of Dynastic China

Modern China . " Judaism 1 : ( Winter 1967 ) : 42 - 59 . " Early in the 1920 ' s , " Dr . Eber declares , " a number of Chinese writers and intellectuals ...

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Author: Michael Pollak

Publisher: Klau Library

ISBN: UOM:39015032946538

Category: History

Page: 236

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Rabbinic Judaism

Edited by M. Avrum Ehrlich German–Jewish Popular Culture Before the ... edited and translated by David Aberbach Jews and Judaism in Modern China M. Avrum ...

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Author: David Kraemer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317375609

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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In the aftermath of the conquest of the Holy Land by the Romans and their destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, Jews were faced with a world in existential chaos—both they and their God were rendered homeless. In a religious tradition that had equated Divine approval with peaceful dwelling on the Land, this situation was intolerable. So the rabbis, aspirants for leadership of the post-destruction Jewish community, appropriated inherited traditions and used them as building blocks for a new religious structure. Not unexpectedly, given the circumstances, this new rabbinic formation devoted considerable attention to matters of space and place. Rabbinic Judaism: Space and Place offers the first comprehensive study of spatiality in Rabbinic Judaism of late antiquity, exploring how the rabbis reoriented the Jewish relationship with space and place following the destruction of the Jerusalem temple. Drawing upon the insights of theorists such as Tuan and LeFebvre, who define the crisis that "homelessness" represents and argue for the deep relationship of human societies to their places, the book examines the compositions of the rabbis and discovers both a surprisingly aggressive rabbinic spatial imagination as well as places, most notably the synagogue, where rabbinic attention to space and place is suppressed or absent. It concludes that these represent two different but simultaneous rabbinic strategies for re-placing God and Israel—strategies that at the same time allow God and Israel to find a place anywhere. This study offers new insight into the centrality of space and place to rabbinic religion after the destruction of the Temple, and as such would be a key resource to students and scholars interested in rabbinic and ancient Judaism, as well as providing a major new case study for anthropologists interested in the study of space.