China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change (Changing Regions in a Global Context: New Perspectives in Regional Geography Ser)

China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change (Changing Regions in a Global Context: New Perspectives in Regional Geography Ser)

Gregory Veeck, Youqin Huang

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0742567834

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Despite China's obvious and growing importance on the world stage, it is often and easily misunderstood. Indeed, there are many Chinas, as this comprehensive survey of contemporary China vividly illustrates. Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition that offers the only sustained geography of the reform era, this book traces the changes occurring in this powerful and ancient nation across both time and space. Beginning with China's diverse landscapes and environments and continuing through its formative history and tumultuous recent past, the authors present contemporary China as a product of both internal and external forces of past and present. They trace current and future successes and challenges while placing China in its international context as a massive, still-developing nation that must meet the needs of its 1.3 billion citizens while becoming a major regional and global player. Through clear prose and new, dynamic maps and photos, China's Geography illustrates and explains the great differences in economy and culture found throughout China's many regions. Data sets and power point ancillary materials are available for professors, contact textbooks@rowman.com to find out how to obtain this material.

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education and farm extension training, and implementing subsidy payments and tax relief programs. Commitments to both underscore an assumption that significant government investments, including the burden of a complete elimination of taxes for farm families in 2004 and massive subsidies for crop inputs such as quality seed, fertilizer, and farm equipment, will continue for many years to come. This reliance on farm subsidies to ensure acceptable incomes and maintain targeted production levels is a

strictly tied to their work units. They can move to their preferred neighborhoods and change jobs without worrying about losing their housing as before. Photo 10.7. The Wang Fu Jing Shopping Center in downtown Beijing (Youqin Huang) Yet none of these achievements come without trade-offs. First, millions of urban residents have been displaced to give way to new infrastructure and housing development, and many century-old neighborhoods embodying Chinese culture and traditions,

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of oppression and confined vision. The image of Hong Kong, on the other hand, was further affirmed as free. Between their identification with and alienation from China, individual informants experienced ambivalence in their colonial and national identities. (Y.-L. R. Wong 2002, 147) The differences between Hong Kong and the mainland and the perceived advantages of being born in Hong Kong were obvious to these young people. One of them who was actually born on the mainland told Wong that for

of the twelfth century, China was the most technically advanced nation on earth (Needham 1962). For a variety of internal reasons, this economic and commercial golden age did not lead to the great territorial expansions that were characteristic of the early Han or Tang dynasties. The times were different, and China’s borders during the Song dynasty were controlled not by the disorganized tribes of the past but by well-organized states (Khitans, Jurchen, Tibetans, and Tanguts) that demanded

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