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New Left Review 28, July-August 2004


Arif Dirlik on Chaohua Wang, One China, Many Paths. A collective magnifying glass on the PRC’s complex social and political problems, as some of the country’s leading critical intellectuals debate its future.

ARIF DIRLIK

CHINA’S CRITICAL INTELLIGENTSIA

While contemporary Chinese readers, Wang Chaohua observes in her introduction to this selection of essays,

have access in their native language to large areas of Western literature and philosophy, political and economic thought, to classical texts and contemporary ideas of the world . . . this process of cultural familiarization has been one-sided. Neither the length and depth of traditional Chinese civilization, nor the importance of China in the modern history of the world, are reflected in a comparable range of Western translations of Chinese thought and culture.

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