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What Did Make the Chinese “Chinese”? Some Geographical Perspectives

Any reflection on the origins of civilization in China has to consider both the “whatness” and the “whyness” of the question: what the early culture was and why it assumed the particular forms that it did.1 I have discussed, in a number of papers, the religious, aesthetic, and stylistic choices that, in my view, helped to define the content of early Chinese culture, that represent its  whatness.”2 Some of these strategic cultural features would include: (1) A stress on hierarchical so...