Elements of Chinese Culture in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
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- John Steinbeck; East of Eden; Elements of Chinese culture
The Western imagination of the East has a long history of worship, misinterpretation and distortion. A large number of elements of Chinese culture appear in Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, covering many aspects of life, including ritual, literature and art, and thought, with the number and depth much more than people can imagine. Steinbeck had no experience of living in China, and only visited Hong Kong in his later years. These elements of Chinese culture reflect his understanding and imagination of China and are regarded as interpretation of China from the standpoint of Westerners. However, Westerners are deeply influenced by mainstream western values and stereotypes and cannot be divorced from the historical inheritance of the era in which they lived. The elements of Chinese culture in Steinbeck’s writing provide a favourable perspective for Chinese to understand the influence of Chinese culture on Westerners, and also lay the foundation for Chinese to understand Westerners’ impressions of China, to change Westerners’ inherent prejudices about China, and to successfully build China’s national image in the world, ultimately realizing the aim of communication across cultures and values.
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TY - CONF AU - Xincun Huo AU - Jingwei Zhong PY - 2022 DA - 2022/03/30 TI - Elements of Chinese Culture in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden BT - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Education, Language, Art and Inter-cultural Communication (ICELAIC 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 337 EP - 342 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220306.054 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.220306.054 ID - Huo2022 ER -