Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China

Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China : The Chenbao Fukan and the New Culture Era, 1918-1928

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Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China explores Chinese intellectual life and cultural practices in the New Culture era of modern China by examining an influential newspaper supplement published in Beijing during 1918-1928, as well as other contemporary sources. Xu highlights a key intellectual-moral paradox in Chinese discourses between cosmopolitanism as an idealistic aspiration and nationalism as a practical imperative, both in complex relationship to individualism, and in constant negotiations between Chinese tradition and Western culture in the making of Chinese modernity. These issues remain vitally relevant more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 7 black & white halftones
  • 073918914X
  • 9780739189146

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This is solidly researched work. The book convincingly points readers to Chinese cosmopolitanism, an important but understudied strand of public discourse that coexisted with other currents including nationalism, individualism, and anarchism in the early twentieth century. Professor Xiaoqun Xu's incisive analysis brings depth to our understanding of China's world view today. -- Dong Wang, Research Associate, Fairbank Center of Harvard University This is a good book, a very good book and a solidly researched one. Through meticulous scholarship Xiaoqun Xu has provided us with an invaluable survey of the Chenbao fukan of the Republican era in China and, at the same time, laid a sound historical basis from which to contemplate cosmopolitanism, nationalism, and individualism in China today. It was a pleasure to read and will make a significant contribution to the study of China in the early twentieth century. -- Denise Gimpel [This book] is a thought-provoking addition to the rapidly expanding body of the literature on the history of modern Chinese mass media...The strength of Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China lies in the author's skillful selection of media documents, providing indepth analysis, and setting these historical records in a broader cultural and intellectual context by explaining their role in the emergence of Western style media in China...This research monograph can be considered as a notable contribution to the study of the history of Chinese media and the role of media in shaping modernity and nationalism in 21st-century China. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterlyshow more

About Xiaoqun Xu

Xiaoqun Xu is associate professor of history at Christopher Newport more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Social Agendas and Personal Tastes: The Chenbao Fukan's Editorial Policies Chapter 2: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism: Chinese Responses to Russell, Eroshenko, and Tagore Chapter 3: Individual Cosmopolitans and Cultural Capital: Debates on Translation Practices Chapter 4: Placing China in the World of Colonial Hierarchy: Chinese Travelogues in the 1920s Chapter 5: Cultural Legacy and Scientific Methods: Reorganizing National Heritage Chapter 6: Life, Love, and Nation: Intellectual and Moral Sensibilities of Educated Chineseshow more