A socio-cultural study of the historical representation of China and Chineseness over the past hundred years or so, much of this book discusses the Orientalizing and crude racist ideologies that have formed the foundations of the way people in the west, both popularly and scientifically, have imagined China.
'a fascinating sketch of representations of 'China' and 'Chineseness' from the nineteenth century to the present day. ... This is a welcome British addition to an area of study that remains otherwise dominated by North American and Australian discourses.' - Brushstrokes
'In an age in which Chineseness is perhaps destined to become a more strictly articulated experience, [the author] has voiced a number of concerns that will even so deserve to be heard.' - Bulletin of SOAS