Re-conceptualizing China in our time : From a Chinese perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-209
Journal / PublicationEuropean Review
Volume23
Issue number2
Online published25 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Abstract

China as a concept had not been put under much scrutiny and challenge until the recent postmodern and postcolonial theoretical discourse on nation and nationhood, and the radical scepticism about tradition and homogeneity. Some scholars have questioned whether China could have been a nation state before there was any nation state in Europe, and others have challenged the very notions of China and Chineseness. How do the Chinese themselves respond to such scepticism and challenge? How does one re-conceptualize China at the present time? By drawing on recent debates on such important issues, this essay tries to find some answers and offers some views from a Chinese perspective, while fully engaging Western theoretical discourses, to attempt an international dialogue and meaningful exchange.