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In the Footsteps of Xuanzang: Tan Yun-shan and India

 
Tan Chung (Editor)
Synopsis India and China are two ancient civilizations of the World. They have been friendly neighbours for thousands of years and have made great contributions for the welfare of mankind. In a history extending several millennia, a large number of eminent priests, monks and scholars from both sides have gone across deserts and mountains to establish valuable cultural bridges. Faxian, Xuanzang and Yijing are the pioneers of these cultural emissaries from China. In the modern times, Tan Yun Shan has trodden on the footsteps of these historical figures in extending and promoting the traditional cultural ties and friendship between the two great nations of China and India. The symbolism of Xuanzang has been used to highlight the spiritual input derived by Tan Yun-Shan from India, and his dedication and self-sacrifice in striving to synthesize spiritualism and materialism. Paying homage to this great scholar on the occasion of his birth centenary, this volume endeavours to weave a golden tapestry of Sino-Indian Cultural interface and synergy keeping a historical perspective of the time when Tan Yun-shan lived and worked.
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About the author

Tan Chung

Tan Chung is an Indian citizen of Chinese descent born in Malaya in 1929, having lived, first, in China for 23 years and then in India for 44 years till date. He stepped into the shoes of his illustrious father, Prof. Tanyun-shan (1898-1983) of Santiniketan-a pioneer of Chinese studies in India and Sino-Indian studies-and contributed to the building up of the Chinese studies programmes in Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University from 1964 up till 1994 when he finally retired from JNU as Professor of Chinese. He has been a Consultant of IGNCA from 1989 onwards to help develop its East Asian Programme. He has authored many books, among which, China and the Brave New World and also Triton and Dragon (a Gyan Publication) are textbooks for history courses inIndian and foreign universities. His Dunbuang Art Through the Eyes of Duan Wenjie is a reference book for art courses on US and other English language compuses.

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Title In the Footsteps of Xuanzang: Tan Yun-shan and India
Author Tan Chung
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121206308
length x+251p., Plates; 30cm.
Subjects History