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China’s Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change, Third Edition

By Gregory Veeck, Clifton W. Pannell, Youqin Huang, and Shuming Bao Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016 422 pages, ISBN: 978-1442252561, Paperback Reviewed by Craig R. Laing I must disclose at the outset of this review that I have a special attachment to this text. As an undergraduate student majoring in geography in the 1980s, the textbook for my Geography of Asia class was a 1983 book titled China: The Geography of Development and Modernization by Clifton W. Pannell and ...

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Viewing China: Observations of China’s Cultural Landscapes

Twenty-nine photos accompany this article. Most Americans lack accurate mental images of what China looks like. For example, geography textbooks often present students with a limited range of Chinese images such as terraced rice fields, a modern city skyline, or historical landscapes such as the Forbidden City or the Great Wall. As a result, Americans have an extremely limited, often inaccurate, perception of the structures in China’s everyday built environment. Many Westerners have difficult...