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Reviews 75 formation on and insight into China's urban workplace organization, but, more importantly, also an admirable approach—that oftreating social inequality in China from the aspect ofits organizations. This is a book that every student of social stratification in socialist societies, especially in China, should read. And it will affect thinking and work in the areas of social structure and social inequality in China for years to come. Wang Feng University of Hawai'i # Michael Harris Bond. Beyond the Chinese Face: Insightsfrom Psychology. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1991. Paperback. Michael Bond's Beyond the Chinese Face is a layperson's version of his 1986 book, The Psychology ofthe Chinese People, also published by Oxford University Press. While the latter was an edited book with eight other contributors, Beyond the Chinese Face is written solely by Bond, a Canadian cross-cultural psychologist who teaches and conducts research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Beyond the Chinese Face, which also includes more recent material than the 1986 book, is divided into nine chapters that cover most of the major specialties in psychology . For example, developmental psychology is dealt witii in chapter 2, and covers the socialization of Chinese children. Other specialties covered include cognitive psychology (chapter 3), social psychology (chapters 4 and 5), organizational psychology (chapter 6) and abnormal psychology (chapter 7). Why are there two chapters on social psychology? Perhaps because Bond's training is primarily as a social psychologist (see his other book, The Cross-Cultural Challenge to Social Psychology [Sage Publishers, 1988]; I myself am a Chinese from multiethnic Malaysia, and now a counseling and industrial/organizational psychologist with a strong interest in cross-cultural psychology). Beyond the Chinese Face is a highly readable, engaging book that is full of practical insights into the Chinese people. It reveals the author's extensive experience and wisdom. He has distilled the best empirical research into relevant and useful information about the Chinese. It should be noted Aiat he has accom-© 1994 by University plished this with an unusual balance between methodological rigor and common ofHawai'i Presssense. While the book has been elegantly illustrated with examples of Chinese proverbs and folklore, Bond has not strayed too far from his scientific training as 76 China Review International: Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1994 a psychologist. Although it has only 125 pages, die book is surprisingly comprehensive , covering the major dimensions of Chinese psychology, including such wide-ranging issues as child socialization, Chinese cognition, Chinese social behavior , and Chinese behavior in organizations. There is also an interesting chapter on Aie modernization process and the potential loss of Chineseness. Anofher advantage of this book is Bond's thorough knowledge and inclusion of the works of Chinese scholars who are not well known in the Western hemisphere. In keeping with the title of Aie book and Aie Chinese tradition of not making others lose face, I would like to point out a few of my wishes for this book rather than any real shortcomings. First, I found some of the studies cited by Bond to be quite fascinating, but I wished that fhere were footnotes for these studies so that I could go to Aie original sources and obtain additional information. One example appears on page 37, where Bond refers to Zhang's study of Chinese trust. As someone who is interested in that aspect of Chinese behavior, I would have appreciated a source to go to. While the list of recommended readings at the end of Aie book is very useful, I wish fhere had been specific references cited, perhaps chapter by chapter, as in orner trade books. While Beyond the Chinese Face is intended for a lay audience, I think providing such references is worth the extra effort for Aie few curious laypersons who, for a variety of reasons, may wish to examine the original sources. Just the oAier day I received a letter from someone who had read a summary in a popular magazine of my own research on personality correlates of boredom proneness, and who wanted to read my original article. I believe that the magazine should have given its readers the benefit of the doubt and...

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ISSN
1527-9367
Print ISSN
1069-5834
Pages
pp. 75-78
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-30
Open Access
No
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