Focusing on the discourse of race in modern china this study looks at the emergence of racial stereotypes in the 19th century the gradual formation of a racial discourse at the turn of the century and the emergence institutionalization and habitualization of racial nationalism in this century. The discourse of race in modern china by frank dikotter first published in 1992 the discourse of race in modern china rapidly became a classic showing for the first time on the basis of detailed evidence how and why racial categorisation became so widespread in china. Second revised edition of the 1994 book based on dikotters doctoral thesis tracks the evolution of the concept of race in the distinction between han chinese and the other ethnicity nationality tribes barbarians etc and in particular the influence of darwin and spencer after the late 19th century. It has already resulted in the formation of research conferences workshops and panel presentations in the united states hong kong australia taiwan and the peoples republic of china on the problem of race and culture in modern china. The discourse of race in modern china frank dikotter in the discourse of race in modern china diktter shatters conventional notions about chinas being relatively free of racism the issue of racial differences constitutes a highly masked and oblique discourse in modern china this is the first book to analyse that shielded
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