NDI-6WA-Sinological Orientalism Neg Addendum

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**NDI 6WA – Sinological Orientalism Neg Addendum**
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Neg vs S.O. Af
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Vukovich Indicts Vukovich Doesn’t Include Chinese Scholarship Zhao 13 (Yujia Zhao, University of Nottingham, POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW: 2013 VOL 11, 228-310 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1478-9302.12016_126/epdf) Vukovich makes considerable efforts to compare Western orientalist knowledge with Chinese self-understanding of Maoism and its related events. He successfully demonstrates that there are huge gaps in the area of China studies. The only critique may lie with Vukovich’s selection of research materials on Maoist discourse. One may doubt how representative these texts (which are a small sample) might be to the general self-understanding of Chinese people during the Maoist era , even though that evidence perfectly supports Vukovich’s arguments. Vukovich unqualified Westerner and re-centers English language scholarship Johansson 13 (Review by: Perry Johansson, Hong Kong Baptist University, China Review, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Fall 2013), pp. 165-167, Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23611072 All in all, reading Vukovich feels like being back in the time when fellow travelers of the 1970s reported from a two-week guided PR trip around China. His lack of knowledge and the way he still professes to have gotten it all right while the so-called experts are wrong is of the same order . “Somehow fluency in Chinese, unique access to the main- land, and even personal experience are not enough: they cannot substi- tute for intellectual labour and patient observation,” he explains. However promising, China and Orientalism is therefore not worth its time as a read on “western knowledge production and the PRC.” However, it does serve well as a symptom of the inflated importance of English-language skills in the globalized humanities. Just as with a number of similar postcolonial assaults on “Western knowledge production,” there rests a major credibility problem also with Vukovich’s assault on “Sinology.” With a background in English language or litera- ture, he also takes the position of all-knowing high priest of the humani- ties and social sciences . Not possessing the necessary disciplinary or foreign-language skills, he also attacks from the high ground of moral (Marxist) and linguistic (English) superiority, hurling a barrage of hollow rhetorical salvos on scholars toiling in the fields below. China and Orientalism, finally, is a youthful, provocative example of Marxist postcolonial studies. In the preface Vukovich states that he comes from a working-class background in Chicago, and correct social ancestry seems to be the sole authority for writing this book. “Better red than expert” would therefore have been a better title for this uninformed leftist attempt to wring the China discourse from the hands of the specialists.
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AT: Lander Extermination Impact Lander is a doubleturn– this is about “distress over its diference” which is the opposite of Vukovich’s specific notion of Sinological Orientalism as an insistence on sameness
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