A noted Singapore-based cultural geographer and specialist on Asia reviews the recent emergence of cultural geographic research on and within China and the implications of China's rise for the study of 21st century cultural geography more broadly. She identifies six major issues modern China is confronting that, when addressed from a cultural geographical perspective, may both enhance an understanding of the country and reshape the practice of cultural geography as a subdiscipline: agricultural reform, economic reform, urban change, rural-urban migration and related social inequalities, the changing family structure, and environmental change. The author argues that if China's cultural geography is to help the subdiscipline at large develop a more international and inclusive approach, it must be driven by questions of significance in China, yield constructive answers of relevance to China, and at the same time derive theoretical ideas that diversify the collective geographical imagination.
China, cultural geography, cultural landscape, cultural turn
Asian Studies | Human Geography
Eurasian Geography and Economics
Taylor & Francis
Kong, Lily.(2010). China and Geography in the 21st Century: A Cultural (Geographical) Revolution?. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 51(5), 600-618.
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