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In search of ‘Chineseness’

Attempts to define the Chinese character often lead to lazy stereotypes and a failure to engage with the complexity of this vast nation

By Ben Chu  

“Chineseness”. What is it? Don’t ask me. I’m half-Chinese myself but I confess I find that an impossible question to answer. If I close my eyes and think about my Chinese family members, friends and acquaintances I still can’t see a clear picture. Indeed, the more Chinese people…

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