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By Susan Debra Blum, Lionel M. Jensen

China Off Center takes as its basic assumption that modern China can purely be understood as a fancy, decentralized position, the place the view from above (Beijing) and from vacationer buses is a skewed one. rather than generalizing approximately China, it demonstrates that this assorted nationwide terrain is healthier conceived because it is skilled via chinese language, as a suite of many Chinas. subsequently, this anthology of interpretive essays and ethnographic experiences specializes in the typical, the actual, the neighborhood, and the perplexing. among the issues coated are ethnic minorities, linguistic range, competing local loyalties, sexuality, gender and paintings, the floating populations, rock and roll, qigong (spiritual and martial arts), and well known faith. including contextualizing introductions, the readings supply scholars with a compelling examine a few little-known yet major points of China from the earlier decade; for these already conversant in China, they provide an collection of unusual viewpoints in one, handy quantity.

"A hugely strange choice of essays, one that is certain to generate energetic dialogue. Its most enjoyable point is the beneficiant insurance of components and subject matters which are frequently thoroughly missed yet so as to tackle expanding value within the coming years." --- Victor H. Mair, college of Pennsylvania

"China Off Center topples the parable of chinese language monolithism, and opens how you can a view of China that's extra plural, extra human, and truer. Geographical, cultural, religious, fiscal, and sexual variety -- those topics are the most important for all who may comprehend China as a fancy fact rather than a polemical image. The e-book offers scholarly writing that's right away authoritative and a excitement to read." --- Andrew J. Nathan, classification of 1919 Professor of Political technology, Columbia college

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