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The Chinese National Character: From Nationhood to Individuality : From Nationhood to Individuality - Warren Sun

The Chinese National Character: From Nationhood to Individuality

From Nationhood to Individuality

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Published: 20th November 2001
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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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Project's Warp and Woof
National Character, Nationalism, and Orientalism
A Methodological Note
From the National to the Individual
The Birth of a "Nation"
The End of an Autocosm
Racial Thinking as a New Episteme
Japan as the "Racial" Model
The Yellow-White Condominium
Liang Qichao's Transition to "Nationalism"
Nation in the Age of Imperialism
Nationhood Defined as an Absence
Decentering Confucius
Retrieving the Han Identity
The Yellow Emperor as the Font of "National" History
The Making of an Estranged Genealogy
National Psychology
Europe's Seminal Experience
The Advent of Social Psychology
Historical Race versus Natural Race
The Enigma of "National Psychology"
National Spirit and National Soul
National Psychology and National Education
National Psychology and National Revolution
Will There be a Nation After the Revolution?
Is the Republic Lacking in Character?
Yuan Shikai's Corruption of the Chinese Psychology
The Heyday of National Psychology, and Its Decline
Orientalness and Degeneration
Confucianism and the National Psychology
The Problem of "Eastern Civilization"
Evolution's Shadow: Degeneration
Early Chinese Understanding of Heredity
Heredity Against Instinct
Civilization Against Nature
The Specter of Racial Degeneration
The Beginning of Chinese Eugenic Thinking
Eugenics and the Cult of Genius
Civilization as Syphilisation
Superman and Underman
China's First Proto-Modernist
The Madman as Visionary
The Doppelganger's Monodrama
The Empathetic Misanthrope
The Chinese Herd
A Chinese Demonology
The Chinese as Sexual Degenerates
The Epigones
North and South
Heredity and Environment
The Regional Strategy of Anti-Manchuism
The North and the South as Belligerents
The North-South Cultural Animus
Geography, Temperament, and Race
The North Temperate Zone Theory
Adverse Environment, Bad Heredity, and the "Chosen People"
The Fad of Anthropogeography
Zhang Junjun's Racial Reform Program
Lin Yutang's Pseudo-Regionality
The Persistence of Regional Typologies
Multiple Chinas
A Versatile Schematic
"The Rock from a Distant Hill"
A Foretaste of Multiculturalism
Personality as Metonym of Culture
Chinese Childhood and Sexual Growth
The Chinese Reversal of Gender Roles
The "Castrating Mother"
Fear of Passivity and "Depletion"
The Impaired Ability for Aggression Individuation as Parenticidal Drama
The Morbidity of Domineering and Clinging
The Trope of the Ward
The Silence of the Moth
Chinese as Marginal Text
Epilogue Toward a Postnational Age?
The Options We Have
"Three in the Morning, Four in the Evening"
A Hegemony that Compels Diversity
The Postnational Condition and the Ahistorical Individual
Postnational, Posttraumatic, and Postliterate
Another "End of History" Scenario?
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780765608260
ISBN-10: 076560826X
Series: Studies on Modern China
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59