Denise M. Story
“Geographically, China was and is still an isolated civilization…..throughout much of history China has been somewhat “mysterious” and fascinating to the outside world.” (Wright, 2001, p. 1). Wright sums up how I have always thought of China: mysterious, unique, and vast in its population and size with a history covering thousands of years with many periods and dynasties. I chose this Country for my paper for this reason, as well as, having friends who have lived there for many years and have found out some very interesting little facts about the culture. I recall a phrase I often heard as a child, “if you keep digging, maybe you can make it to China,” or something of that nature, and I was intrigued ever since. Given its immense history as stated above, this paper will cover only the highlights, giving an overview, without attempting to cover in detail all of the periods and dynasties, and will focus more on the relationship between our countries, its traditions, religions and overall culture.
China is estimated to have 1,331,433,000 people, making it, not only the largest of all Asian countries, but the world’s largest country with more than nine-tenths of the world’s population with the Han Chinese making up approximately 92%. It is also one of the world’s oldest civilization’s dating back to the Paleolithic Period with the discovery of the Peking Man in 1927 (China (n.d.)). Historians say that China’s civilization originated in North China Plain near the Yellow River (China, 2004).
Politically, China is a one-party state, with the essential power being with the Communist party (China, 2009). The executive branch consists of the president, who is in charge of the state, and the premier, who leads the government (China, 2009). China is made up of 22 provinces and four government-controlled municipalities although the country officially divides... [continues]
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