Faculty Publications

Title

The impact of taoism on chinese leisure

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Chinese Culture, Leisure, Taoism

Journal/Book/Conference Title

World Leisure Journal

Volume

42

Issue

3

First Page

33

Last Page

41

Abstract

Taoism has been one of the most influential philosophies and religions during the past 2,500 years in China, and it affects every aspect of Chinese life, including leisure. Although typical Western understandings and practices of leisure differ quite markedly from those in China, leisure is, in fact, readily identifiable in the daily lives of common Chinese people through the influence of both philosophical and religious Taoism. These influences can be seen in Chinese people's close connection to the natural world, the concepts of holistic wellness and health care, the practice of martial arts, traditional arts such as painting and poetry, enjoyment of cultural activities and celebrations, and tourism. As Chinese scholars strive to introduce leisure studies and services in their home country, it is important for the global community to continue to identify both the similarities and differences in the understanding and practice of leisure between North America and China. This paper begins that process through an examination of the impact of Taoism on Chinese leisure. © 2002 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2000

DOI of published version

10.1080/04419057.2000.9674194

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