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Wen Tie-jun as a Way to Read Chinese

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2020, (50), pp.1-19
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2020..50.001
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : October 10, 2020
  • Accepted : November 9, 2020
  • Published : November 30, 2020

Sang Chul Kong 1

1숭실대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Currently, China under the rule of Xi Jinping becomes a topic of conversation in the whole world. However, the world does not have a ‘textbook’ that could clearly explain the existential situation of this country yet. Moreover, it does not have the height of perspective that could evaluate if it would be right for the whole world to ‘demonize’ China like this. Then, what is the ‘rational technique’ that could fully ‘understand’ and ‘explain’ China as a subject of studies? Is there something like that in reality? This thesis that inquires the effective methods to study China, starts from a critical mind aiming to find a pathway for this question. For this, this thesis requests Wen Tie-jun as a model example. He is a Chinese agricultural economist and also an expert in rural problems. Moreover, he is a field activist. Going around the fields of ecological movement, rural community reconstruction movement, and community supported agriculture, he is currently conducting various experiments by thinking about the future direction of Chinese society. There are three kinds of grounds for requesting Wen Tie-jun as a method. First, he presents the frame of macroscopic political economy that could prospect the ‘experiences of China’ for about 70 years. Second, through this, it is possible to read the dynamics of the world history from the cold war system to the ‘new cold war’ order. Third, he presents the outline of a new frame that is different from the existing nation-state frame, regarding the future direction of China.

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