British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 10 (2020)

Sinophiles between Flatland, Fetish, and Feuilleton

Nick Stember
University of Cambridge
Published July 6, 2020
How to Cite
Stember, N. (2020). Sinophiles between Flatland, Fetish, and Feuilleton. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 10.


Despite (or because of) the increasingly fraught relationship between the Chinese and English-speaking parts of the world, Chinese studies today finds itself blessed with a wealth of voices, both within academia and without. The author argues that it is this aspiration toward a plurality of perspectives, rather than the seductive illusion of One Right Answer for All and for All Time, that best encapsulates the value of Chinese studies in the Covid-19 pandemic, or in any other time.

  • Chinese studies,
  • US-China trade war,
  • James Legge,
  • Orientalism,
  • Simon Leys,
  • Lin Yutang,
  • global humanities,
  • Covid-19
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