112008notes - China: new Kinds of Print Culture in Modern...

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China: new Kinds of Print Culture in Modern China I. The significance of China as “semi-colonial” A. Differences with Japan on one hand and Vietnam on the other. -Japan was independent, Vietnam controlled by colonial power, both countries were able to have strong governments capable of initiatives, able to be carried out successfully. Contrasts with China, weak government until 1928. B. Weak government- the continuing pressures of imperialism and lack of unity, “big ship, harder to turn around(population was large), influence of imperialist countries, no autonomy (tariff held to 5% by treaty), major cities essentially foreign colonies. C. Weak government- political parties (both CCP and GMD) dedicated to state building D. Public sphere and elite culture tended to be politically dominated E. Effects on perspectives on China: “China-centered” vs. “stimulus-response.” -response to stimulus from the west or Semi-feudal= getting rid of tradition to make the modern state, separate from tradition(difficult as hard to separate from “itself”.
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