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The Chinese National Character: From Nationhood to Individuality (Studies on Modern China)

Sun, Warren

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ISBN 10: 0765608278 / ISBN 13: 9780765608277
Published by Routledge, U.S.A., 2002
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Title: The Chinese National Character: From ...

Publisher: Routledge, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

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This unique survey of the evolution of the modern Chinese national character incorporates a rich blend of history and theory as well as nation, gender, and film studies. It begins with the dawn of the concept of "nation" in China at the end of the Imperial period, and follows its development from early Republican China to the present People's Republic, drawing on themes of national identity, "Orientalness," racial evolution and purity, cultural and gender roles, regional animosities, historical impediments, and more. The book also takes up the changing American perceptions of Chinese personality development and gender, using materials from American popular culture.

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A thoroughly researched and footnoted study of 20th-century China's assessment of its own national character, this rather dense tome makes for fascinating reading. Sun (history, Washington Univ.) begins with a discussion of early ideas that militated against nationhood, then moves into various Chinese scholars' ideas of the national character. Most of the scholars make comparisons with Western personality traits, almost always to the detriment of the Chinese, whom they characterize as dependent, cowardly, lazy, and selfish, mostly owing to military defeats in the early part of the century. Other studies make a sharp dichotomy between northern China (energetic but stupid) and southern China (lazy but smart). Freud, the interest in eugenics, and changing sex roles allow for even more theories. Less intent on exploding myths than on exploring types of people and the move to individuality, Sun eventually acknowledges that the national characteristics of almost all peoples derive mostly from mass media portrayals, namely, movies and television, and that China is no exception. Recommended for academic libraries. Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY
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