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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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The Grounding of Cosmopolitans: Merchants and Local Cultures in Guangdong

The Grounding of Cosmopolitans: Merchants and Local Cultures in Guangdong

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(p.191) Six The Grounding of Cosmopolitans: Merchants and Local Cultures in Guangdong
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Becoming Chinese
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F Siu Helen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the merchants and local culture in the Pearl River delta in Guangdong, China. It suggests that the merchants of the Pearl River delta were no more engaged in Republican politics than Tianjin professional elites and explains that the leading merchants were able to create vigorous dialogues with the state by engaging in a language of orthodoxy. It argues that the mercantile cultural cosmopolitanism of maritime China rose in tandem with the decline of the foreign sovereign power of the old continental empire.

Keywords:   merchants, local culture, Pearl River delta, Guangdong, China, Republican politics, cosmopolitanism, sovereign power, old continental empire

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