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PPM's cultural classics launched at LBF 2016

Updated: 2016-04-29

Phoenix Publishing and Media Inc (PPM) held a launching ceremony for the English version of three books featuring traditional Chinese culture on the first day of the 2016 London Book Fair (LBF) on April 12.

The three books, namely Traditional Chinese Culture, China's Changing Language, and Wu Yifang: The Goddess of Wisdom, were cultural classics published by the PPM's subsidiary, Jiangsu People's Publishing.

PPM holds a seminar for the three cultural classics in London.

Traditional Chinese Culture by Xu Xiaoyue, curator of the Nanjing Library, explore China's three main belief systems – Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism – and highlights the values that lie at their core: benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom and trust. The book explains how these values are expressed differently within each religion, and how they have had a profound influence on the Chinese people, in how they live and think, and in how they express themselves creatively.

Philosophy professor Jiang Yingchun's China's Changing Language is a fascinating study of the history of revolution and social development in contemporary China. From the abandonment of imperial language, through the adoption of Marxist terminology, to the impact of the Internet, it helps readers to understand the wider social background to the last one hundred tumultuous years in China's development.

The biography Wu Yifang: The Goddess of Wisdom gives a vivid and sympathetic account of Wu Yifang's long and eventful life. One of modern China's most well-regarded and influential female leaders, Wu Yifang was a graduate of Jinling Women's College, then later its first Chinese president, a position she held for more than 20 years. She was an educational reformer, a social activist with a worldwide reputation, and one of the few female signatories to the United Nations Charter. This book, with its rare photographs and detailed anecdotes, offers a fascinating portrait of a true pioneer and an insight into the lives of educated women in China in the 20th century.

The English versions were sponsored by the Information Office of Jiangsu Provincial People's Government and published by Xanadu Publishing, PPM's overseas branch in London.

The books are the results of collaboration work of an international team consisting of outstanding translators, editors and graphic designers, aimed at offering overseas readers an original taste of Chinese culture.

The Jiangsu Provincial People's Government and PPM hope that the books can carry forward Chinese humanistic spirits, promote cultural exchange and help western people better understand Asian value systems through the power of words.