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Read the Landscape, Read the People: The Role of Geography in Teaching China

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One of the grand romances in American culture is our absolute fascination with Asia, or more exactly, our culture’s fascination with China. From children’s images of digging a hole into the ground so far that it would come out in China, to images of Chinatowns in most American larger cities (Fig. 1), to parents’ exhortations to their children dawdling over food that “there are people in China who would love this meal,” to the harsh line from nineteenth century Chinese immigrant histories that led to the line, “he’s not got a Chinaman’s chance” when discussing something really bound for failure, the evocation of Chinese images surfaces continually.