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Five Fold Happiness: The Chinese Concepts of Luck, Prosperity, Longevity, Happiness and Wealth Hardcover – 24 Oct 2002

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (24 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081183526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811835268
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Graphic designer Sung's book belongs to the relatively new class of small, sensuously crafted books meant to be pleasing to the hand and eye as well as to the mind. Her contribution to the genre takes for its subject the Chinese concepts of luck, prosperity, happiness, and wealth: she discusses each concept, as well as the varied legends that surround them, in Chinese and English; for each symbol of each concept there are pictograms, photographs, and other illustrations. Sung's distinctive way with design is evident from the delightful, brilliantly red and yellow pages. her writing is clear and engaging; her subject is too-little understood in the West. Highly recommended for all collections. -Library Journal

About the Author

Vivien Sung was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, where she began working as a graphic designer before moving to New York and San Francisco, where she now lives. She has studied in Beijing and travels frequently to China. This is her first book. Her Web site is She's also a designer for Chronicle Books.

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17 February 2004
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Wdside Buyer
2.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful but Lacks Substance
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Green Pineapple
5.0 out of 5 starsVery informative book on Chinese Symbols and Culture
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T. P. Hon
5.0 out of 5 starsgood for non-chinese and chinese alike
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Joan Ohlendorf
2.0 out of 5 starsit was not what i expected
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5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a great reference for things Chinese
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