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Jews in Old China: Studies by Chinese Scholars ❮Download❯ ➾ Jews in Old China: Studies by Chinese Scholars ➼ Author Sidney Shapiro – The accidental discovery in the 17th century of a Jewish community in the city of Kaifeng and the findings there by Jesuit missionaries marked the beginning of widespread interest in the subject of Je Old China: PDF/EPUB é The accidental discovery in the th century of a Jewish community in the city of Kaifeng and the findings there by Jesuit missionaries marked the beginning of widespread interest in the subject in Old China: Studies by Kindle - of Jews in China In the centuries that followed Western Sinologists arrived in China and engaged in a variety of investigations In the fs however Sidney Shapiro a former New Jews in PDF/EPUB or York lawyer who has lived half a century in Beijing felt that there was a crying need to learn what the Chinese scholars themselves have to say about the history of Jews in China With that in mind he compiled the remarkable fruits of research conducted by Chinese social scientists and edited and translated them into English Jews in Old China was originally in Old China: PDF/EPUB å published by Hippocrene books in with considerable success It was then translated into Hebrew and published in Israel in This newly expanded edition offers a rich exposition according to the Chinese investigations on the origins of these Jewish migrants when and why they came the routes they followed where they settled and descriptions of their religious and social lives under the in Old China: Studies by Kindle - Hans the Mongols and the Manchus This book provides a wealth of information about the conflicts contributions adaptation and ultimate assimilation of the Jews in China It also introduces from the Chinese perspective the Radanites the great medieval Jewish mercantile traders who provided an important link between China and the West.

  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Jews in Old China: Studies by Chinese Scholars
  • Sidney Shapiro
  • English
  • 10 March 2016
  • 9780781808330

About the Author: Sidney Shapiro

Old China: PDF/EPUB é American author and translator who has been naturalised as a citizen of China He is a member of the Peoples Political Consultative Conference a governmental assembly of the PRC which ostensibly provides in Old China: Studies by Kindle - a forum for input from non Communist political organizationsFor nearly years he was employed by the state run Foreign Languages Press FLP as a translator of works of Chinese Jews in PDF/EPUB or literature H.

10 thoughts on “Jews in Old China: Studies by Chinese Scholars

  1. Phrodrick Phrodrick says:

    If you are a scholar in any of several corners of Chinese studies the Jewish diaspora or like me interested in the occasional obscuria this will be a great readSidney Shapiro undertakes a meta analysis of 16 Chinese scholars who have written on the early history of Jews in China In particular these writers have focused on one center of Sino Jewish activity Kaifing In general the scholars are uoted discussed and analyzed in chronological order starting in the late 19th centuryAmong the uestions under discussion arethe most likely time and routes for the arrival of this community; if and how its membership memorialized itself and if they are noticed in any of the imperial or other official records There is something to be learned in how these scholars make their various casesJewish skills as international merchants are repeated than proved There is some new to me information about Jews as skilled sugar growers and cloth makers however the comments on Jews as bankers and administrators could have been better documentedThis older Jewish community has died out; having become one with the Muslim community or completely absorbed into the Chinese population There are two points about this fact First that there is no evidence that this community was ever stigmatized punished or otherwise subject to the kinds of murderous abuse that was standard in the Christian west or the Muslim dominated east Alternatively the main way for the lower classes in China to advance was through the study of Confucian and other classic texts for the several layers of the Chinese Civil Service exams The speculation here is that the disappearance of this community was a result of the ease of assimilation and the total focus needed to study for and pass these exams These theories are a matter of speculation as there is no hard case made for either of these theoriesMy own conclusion is that small groups of Jewish merchants traders and refugees arrived in China via both the Silk road and some of the sailing routes It took some time for enough to arrive to form a community and this community was centered for a time in Kaifeng a trading and governmental capital I am not clear as to the best dates for the formation of this center I suspect that this in flow of Jews slowed with the collapse of the Silk Road mostly due to the effects of the Plague and the end of the Mongol Empire This community became isolated Over time it lost the scholarship texts and fresh population to counter the effects of being a tiny population in a larger culturally sophisticated and racial different population Assimilation was peaceful voluntary and gradualThis is fairly easy to read for an academic analysis Professor Shapiro has provided a well crafted collection and backed it with insightful analysis I would have preferred a greater variety in the topics presented but I appreciate the that he has done well with the material givenComment Comment | Permalink

  2. Adam Adam says:

    Having read Peonyby Pearl S Buck recently I was delighted to find a copy of this book on the Jewish community in China Although I am unlikely to read it from cover to cover it looks as if it will a great book to dip into occasionally

  3. Doris Smith Doris Smith says:

    I did not read this book word for word but I was interested in Jewish people who came to China and when did they arrive Very interesting

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