How to Read Chinese Paintings

Based on the introductory chapter, the interpretations of paintings provided in lectures and in Hearn’s How to Read Chinese Paintings, what purposes were served by making scrolls of paintings and poems? How did people acquire them? Why?

6. Based on the interpretations of paintings provided in Hearn’s How to Read Chinese Paintings, what roles have the arts historically played in cultivating the natural (e.g. Daoist/Buddhist) aspects of the self? (Hints: consider, for instance, the Daoist perspectives on nature, the value of emptiness, simple, austere lifestyles, and the issue of Buddhist enlightenment as a realization of the true nature of the self. Why are city-

13. What was journalism like in the days of Mao? How has it changed (to incorporate “red bag” journalism for instance)?

16. What role does food play in Chinese religion? Major public rituals like weddings and funerals?

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