The textbook The Chinese: Adapting the Past, Facing the Future is a massive book that collects diverse materials and often differing opinions, presenting a challenge to students accustomed to more conventional texts. This Study Guide has been designed to help two kinds of students meet this challenge. For those who use The Chinese as a stand-alone classroom text, the Study Guide will help them integrate and assimilate the diverse materials and opinions they encounter in its pages. For other, nontraditional, students, this guide performs the additional service of coordinating the readings with the twenty-six half-hour video segments of The Chinese telecourse package. Students of both kinds will find the Study Guide helpful as they seek to consolidate their understanding of the many complex issues they encounter. [v]

Thomas M. BUOYE is Associate Professor of History at the University of Tulsa.