“The Art of Chinese Living: An Inheritance of Tradition” is a combination of words, images, and life. Traditional Chinese wisdom and art are presented in order of the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The author uses a clear, encyclopedic arrangement to depict a map of cultural life and to promote family values and environmental wellness. The text is an exploration of a way of life and its relationship to inherited culture. The work received much attention after its first publication in Chinese, not only because it was originally a fundraising project to establish a new university in Taiwan, but also for its rich content, which has embraced so many of the important aspects of Chinese culture. “This volume of books is a gift to all Chinese people, as well as all people who cherish the culture and love life,” says Mrs. Yao.
Ms. Xiang Yao grew up in Taiwan and is the mother of three children. She is also a businesswoman – the senior partner of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, where she manages the administration and public relations for the firm. She started the “Inheritance of Tradition” project during the years when her three children were leaving home for university in the United States as a tender reminder to her children not to forget their inherited culture. She spent 5 years finishing all 270,000 words, as well as a large collection of exquisite photographs and graphics. The books are beloved by many readers all over the world.
Chronicling the traditions of Chinese life and culture, The Art of Chinese Living is a visual cornucopia and an epic cultural immersion into everything from cuisine and history to art and rituals, calligraphy and music to artefacts and interiors, and from widespread national traditions to the minutiae of daily family life.
Spanning over 1,100 stunning pages and divided into the four seasons, this lavish four-volume set in a cloth-bound slipcase is alive with culture. The passion and research that have gone into producing this masterpiece are palpable on every page, from the 10,000 commissioned photographs and illustrations to the incredible gatefold pages and painstaking detail. It is a love letter to Chinese culture written by a mother keen to share her passion for incredible traditions both big and small with her own children, and those of families around the world – whether looking to rekindle a connection with their own traditions or eager to learn more about China, its history and culture.
From recipes and home-made gift ideas to an epic timeline of Chinese dynasties and cultural artefacts, The Art of Chinese Living is a joy to behold and a treasure to share.
In the words of the author, ‘This volume of books is a gift to all the Chinese people, as well as all who have a love for Chinese culture. My objective was to enable everyone to access Chinese culture in their everyday lives, rather than something that could only be appreciated in museums or history books.’