Kitchen God's Wife
Confucius and Daoism (Taoism)
Thorough background on the philosophy of Confucianism from Dr. Kelley Ross.
The Five Elements
Significance of wood, fire, earth, metal and water in Taoist philosophy.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Background on the person and the philosophy.
Introduction from Religious Tolerance.Org
Brief definition from the Discovering Collection (get password from library staff or teacher if accessing off campus).
Yin Yang and the I Ching
Includes discussion of the five elements.
Traditional Chinese medicine(especially the notion of Chi, the mind/body connection, healing through foods, herbs, the five elements, the five tastes)
Chinese Herbal Medicine
"Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbs are prescribed to restore balance to the opposing forces of energy, Yin and Yang, that run through invisible channels in the body."
Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Describes concepts of yin and yang, chi, and the five elements (earth, air, metal, wood, fire).
Yin and Yang in Medical Theory:
Relates the Daoist principal to the body and medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Science
Overview includes the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the science behind it.
Five Element Theory
Overview of the roles of fire, air, metal, wood, and earth in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Qi (Chi), Jing, Blood and Jin Ye
The body's vital substances, according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Female roles in traditional Chinese culture, including roles in marriage
Culture and Art: Women of the Tang Dynasty
Although most of this article is about the exception to the rule, the lengthy introduction outlines the traditional role of women, including Confucian principles of the five cardinal virtues.
Gender Difference in History Women in China and Japan
Includes references to Daoist yin-yang, Confucious's ideas about women, and the traditional roles women played in China.
The Greatest Leap:
How China's women have traveled from the ancient to the modern in four generations (NY Times Magazine)
Kaibara Ekken or Kaibara Token: Greater Learning for Women (1762)
Describes the "proper" role of women
Lessons for a Woman
Written about 80 C.E. by a woman Confucian, this document was intended as a guide for young woman.
Patriarchy and Gender:
Lecture by Univ. of Delaware anthropology professor Donna Budani
Chinese immigrants to U.S.
Overview from Discovering Collection (need password if accessing at home).
From U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library e-book.
Women in Chinatown
An eyewitness account from PBS
World War II brings Change to the Chinese American Community
Eyewitness account from PBS.
China in World War II, especially their conflicts with Japan, including the Rape of Nanking (also called Nanjing), and the American involvement (American Volunteer Group and the Flying Tigers).
Basic Facts on The Nanking Massacre and The Tokyo War Crimes Trial -
Gives overview, chronology of the massacre, the Japanese version of it, the postwar trials and verdicts, plus confessions and recent denials.
The Flying Tigers:
First-hand account of this American volunteer group.
Japanese Imperialism and the Massacre in Nanjing
E-book providing a full, detailed account of the events at Nanjing.
Japanese Invasion of China, 1937-1945
Overview from Discovering Collection (need password if accessing from home)
Overview from the Columbia Encyclopedia.
China: Fifty Years of Communism
BBC site exploring Chinese history from before the revolution to the end of the 20th century.
Chinese Civil War
How the communists took control.
The Chinese Mainland after 1949
Struggles in China after World War II.
Chinese Cultural Revolution Starts a Wave of Repression
From Discovering Collection (need password if accessing off campus).