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Wen-hsin Yeh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219236

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219236.001.0001

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Introduction: Interpreting Chinese Modernity, 1900–1950

Introduction: Interpreting Chinese Modernity, 1900–1950

(p.1) Introduction: Interpreting Chinese Modernity, 1900–1950
Becoming Chinese

Yeh Wen-hsin

University of California Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history of Chinese modernity during the period from 1900 to 1980. It examines the role of modernity in the transformation of Chinese identity and highlights the city and the nation as the twin loci for the construction of Chinese modernity. It discusses the politics of the Westernized educated professional, the transnational orientation of an emerging bourgeois class and the transformative capacity of the modernizing state.

Keywords:   Chinese modernity, Chinese identity, city, nation, Westernized professionals, transnational orientation, bourgeois class, transformative capacity, modernizing state

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