Watching the Tree

Watching the Tree Adeline Yen Mah whose autobiography Falling Leaves is an international bestseller here interweaves her own experiences with her views on Chinese thought and wisdom to create an illuminating and high
  • Title: Watching the Tree
  • Author: Adeline Yen Mah
  • ISBN: 9780006531548
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Watching the Tree
    Adeline Yen Mah, whose autobiography Falling Leaves is an international bestseller, here interweaves her own experiences with her views on Chinese thought and wisdom to create an illuminating and highly personal guide for Western readers.Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, and through the conversations and wisdom of her grandfather and aunt learnt a great deal of traditAdeline Yen Mah, whose autobiography Falling Leaves is an international bestseller, here interweaves her own experiences with her views on Chinese thought and wisdom to create an illuminating and highly personal guide for Western readers.Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, and through the conversations and wisdom of her grandfather and aunt learnt a great deal of traditional Chinese thought, history and religion Through her father s second marriage to a Eurasian woman, and their subsequent move to Hong Kong, she learnt about the Chinese attitudes to business and to family, and the strength of the Chinese in exile.Since living in London and California, Adeline Yen Mah has studied Chinese thought, looking at both the strengths and weaknesses which it gives those who follow it and now, in Watching the Tree , she takes us on a journey through the Chinese language, religions and history, using both Chinese proverbs and her own experiences, to bring to us an understanding of the richness of China and the ways that we can take and use some of the wisdom for ourselves in the West.
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    About " Adeline Yen Mah "

  • Adeline Yen Mah

    Adeline Yen Mah Chinese Yen Jun ling Pinyin M Y n J nl ng Yale Cantonese ma5 yim4 gwan1 ling4 official birthday 30th November 1937, however real birthday not known, this is in fact her father s birthday is a Chinese American author and physician She grew up in Tianjin, Shanghai and Hong Kong with an older sister, Lydia three older brothers, Gregory, Edgar and James and a younger half brother, Franklin and half sister, Susan Currently she divides her time between southern California and London She is married to Professor Robert Mah and has two children.

  • 230 Comments

  • This book is my East Asian Philosophy 101 course A broad yet definitive guide to Chinese culture.I loved her grandfather s comment about how Chinese wear Confucian thinking caps, Taoist robes, and Buddhist sandals skeptical of religions Her grandfather knows me better than I know myself lol And I instinctively follow all these Chinese ideologies without ever having studied any of those immense texts like I Ching, Tao Te Ching, or the Analects of Confucius although I remember bugging my mom about [...]


  • One of the best books I ve received as a gift I can relate closely to the writer as I went to a Chinese primary school and can still read write speak Mandarin The book encapsulates and offers telling insight on many of the mannerisms, habits, tendencies, gestures and expressions that are uniquely Chinese, which will become immediately familiar and comforting to those who often find themselves in their company An enlightening discovery not necessarily of the truth but the background and origins o [...]


  • A beautiful book full of revelations, insights and philosophy about the Chinese culture and how it compares to life in the West.This is the second time I ve read this now hence the long delay as I read some other books in between but I marked so many pages to refer back to My favourite part was the explanation of Yin and Yang so true the world over about the differences between men and women.I felt calm and educated after reading this, and now I m going to pass on to friends and family to enjoy [...]



  • Unable to finish this book Too much lenghty discussion Unable to process what the book is talking aboutGoing to dispose this book


  • An explanation of eastern religions and philosophy for the average American Written beautifully, by a Chinese American woman.


  • Tried reading this Shockingly boring compared to her emotional Faliing Leaves It was formatted like a self help book Got rid of it.


  • This was an unusual choice of book for me Typically I m not much of a non fiction reader my tastes simply tend to lean towards fiction, fantasy and sci fi But every so often I ll come across something different, and proceed to try it if only to say I did Watching the Tree was such a book for me.There s no doubt in my mind that my favourite parts of this book were when Adeline Yen Mah used her own past to demonstrate the Chinese mindset I ached for her when she shared her childhood experiences a [...]


  • Well structured as a sort of biopic interwoven with the history of Chinese philosophy Using this as an introduction springboard to Chinese philosophy many concepts became clearer since she related them to personal experiences It was incredibly beguiling at times I couldn t stop reading , the emotion lacks in comparison to her other books but then again it s purpose isn t purely to entertain Reading about her experience with Larkin was surprising we had just finished studying Pym so understanding [...]


  • This book is written under a Confucian thinking cap, a taoist robe, and Buddhist sandals She brings together the influences of her childhood from her mother country, and influences as a student and adult in America The author explains her experiences throughout the book about her personal struggles ad triumphs thorughout her life history She values Chinese customs and culture This book is written in both languages, CHinese and Englsih I thought it was cool, becuase Adeline Yen Mah would insert C [...]


  • An enjoyable, accessible guide to Chinese customs and culture written from the perspective of one who has experienced them first hand This is not so much a story as a collection of anecdotes, each of which illustrates an important aspect of Chinese philosophy and attitudes to life.My only criticism would be the rather hostile attitude the author displays towards Confucianism or Ru Jia to use the Chinese name Clearly the author s personal experiences have jaundiced her view of Confucius, which is [...]


  • Despite having grandparents who were Taoist Buddhist, I never knew much about these religions Watching The Tree uses various anecdotes from Mah s life as she discusses everything from language to food to Confucianism which seems to be given a bit of a hostile treatment I did have some issues with the hanyu pinyin a kind of romanised transcription of the Chinese characters , which were a bit wanting and in one case completely wrong A decent enough read for those wanting a little bit of insight in [...]


  • Not as good as Chinese Cinderella The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter and Falling Leaves The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter


  • I picked up this book again after putting it down a dozen years ago Some chapters are very informative and inspiring, but others feel like they are there merely to fill the book And even though Mrs Mah writes that she has come to terms with what has happened to her her stepmother disinhereted her , the resentment seeps through the pages Writing the book must have been therapeutic for her.


  • This book is fantastic Spite the constant remembrance by the author of her previous book the only flaw in the present book, I belive.It is a journey through the principal ideas that formed chinese culture in the past and their reflexion in the present And there are very good judgments and advice in the middle I read it very fast since I wanted to reach the end and I was not disappointed when I reached there Good work


  • this is some of Adeline s best writing A book to be read over and over again as one ages and is only able to comprehend the meanings until the age is appropriate I am admitting that some of what she wrote flew over my head like a soft feather in am angry wind but I will find meaning in it somedayr someone really trying hard to understand the Chinese mind I found this book helpful and insightful okay I admit that is a sentence fraught with cliche but that is all I got right now


  • If you have no other book to read, you may consider reading it.If you are interested in Chinese China culture history, you may consider this as first read, otherwise give it a skip.Some ideals theory mentioned are just too surface, the last few chapters are too boring is too narrow, my view You really need to know about YiJing Fengshui before else will giving the wrong direction.I read the Chinese version, this is my view based on.


  • A most personal, readable heart felt discussion of East West ways of thinking With my limited knowledge, it seems to be a good, intimate introduction to the Chinese world view I like how she interwove philosophical reflection with historical accounts and her own personal life Well worth the read and a re read.


  • A beautifully written book starting off about the relationship between a Chinese girl and her grandfather The story is about how Confucianism underlies almost every aspect of the intricate Chinese customs and culture Easy to read and interesting, filled with insight and wisdom, I loved this book.


  • I read this book a while ago and still love going back to it Though I m not Chinese, it explains a lot of nuances, tendencies good and bad and other aspects of a culture engulfed in Taoist and Confucius thinking whether the people realize it or not I highly recommend it.


  • This isn t a breezy read Mah interweaves Chinese philosophy with Chinese history and her own family stories There are some complex concepts that I d probably prefer to reread several times over but I appreciated her ability to explain things to a Western perspective.


  • I borrowed this beautifully written book from my local library It is akin to a reflective journal with plenty of fascinating insights into Eastern philosophy and the impact it had made and continues to make on the author s life and thought processes.


  • I am fascinatedd did NOT know this before I selected to read, but she was actually sent to a Catholic school while young Brought up with a strong traditional Chinese grandfather Her influences make her perspective interesting



  • The only thing that does not change is that everything changes.Whatever and however we may try to think, we think within the sphere of tradition.You can be anything you set your mind to be.


  • Seemed like a good idea when I purchased it but 6 pages in Couldn t get into it and plenty books in the bookcase.


  • I can t say I understood what she was trying to say But I did enjoy her little anecdotes of her past What a horrid way she was treated.




  • I thought this was a bio and it was a little bit, but mostly it was an insiders view of Tao te ching and how it works interesting


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