Exploring Nationalisms Of China

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China is a site for the evolution, not only of Chinese nationalism, but the nationalism of various non-Han ethnic groups. During the 20th century, these ethnic groups constructed and expressed their own identities and nationalism through interaction with one another and with outside influences. This interdisciplinary anthology contains nine original works that pluralize our understanding of nationalism in China by illustrating the various intellectual strains of China's nationalist discourse, the dichotomy ...

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Overview

China is a site for the evolution, not only of Chinese nationalism, but the nationalism of various non-Han ethnic groups. During the 20th century, these ethnic groups constructed and expressed their own identities and nationalism through interaction with one another and with outside influences. This interdisciplinary anthology contains nine original works that pluralize our understanding of nationalism in China by illustrating the various intellectual strains of China's nationalist discourse, the dichotomy between the political authorities' and grass roots' experiences, and the nationalizing efforts by various ethnic and political groups along China's inland and maritime frontiers.

First, contributors explore the controversy surrounding the contested issue of China's national and international identity from pre-modern times to the present. Next, the authors examine China's nationalist encounters with foreign influences such as U.S. Marines in Shandong, Soviet experts in Manchuria, and recent friction between the United States and the PRC. Finally, essays expand beyond the ethnographic regions of the Han-Chinese and the political domain of the PRC to discuss the odyssey of Taiwan's nationalism in both a political and a cultural sense. Many selections are based on newly declassified archival materials.

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C. X. GEORGE WEI is Associate Professor of History at Susquehanna University and guest professor of the Institute of History Research of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is co-editor of Chinese Nationalism in Perspective: Historical and Recent Cases (2001), and author of Sino-American Economic Relations, 1944-1949 (1997).

XIAOYUAN LIU is Associate Professor of History at Iowa State University. He is the author of A Partnership for Disorder: China, the United States, and Their Policies for the Postwar Disposition of the Japanese Empire, 1941-1945.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Pt. I Discourses of Chinese Nationalism
1 Modern Chinese Nationalism: The Formative Stage 3
2 Intellectual Currents behind Contemporary Chinese Nationalism 27
3 Nationalism in Chinese Popular Culture: A Case Study of The Opium War 41
Pt. II Grass Roots, State Nationalism, and Foreign Encounters
4 U.S. Marines in Qingdao: History, Public Memory, and Chinese Nationalism 57
5 China Learning to Stand Up: Nationalism in the Formative Years of the People's Republic of China 77
6 Problems of Nationalism in Contemporary China: Student-Government Conflicts during Nationalistic Protests 101
Pt. III Frontier Identities and Nationalisms
7 A Cultural Search for National Identity: The Evolution of the Nationalism of Taiwan 123
8 The "Tibetan Question": Nation and Religion 151
9 Ethnonyms and Nationalism in Xinjing 173
10 Theories of Ethnic Identity and the Making of Yi Identity in China 187
Index 219
About the Editors and Contributors 233
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