By Yi-Fu Tuan
In the summertime of 2005, special geographer Yi-Fu Tuan ventured to China to talk at a global architectural convention, returning for the 1st time to where he had left as a toddler sixty-four years before. He traveled from Beijing to Shanghai, addressing collage audiences, floating down the Yangtze River on a riverboat, and vacationing his former domestic in Chongqing.
In this captivating quantity, Tuan’s youth thoughts and musings at the areas encountered in this homecoming are interspersed with new lectures, attractive overarching ideas of human geography in addition to the altering chinese language panorama. all through, Tuan’s interactions together with his hosts, along with his colleague’s teenagers, or even with a garrulous travel consultant, supply insights into one that has spent his lifestyles learning position, tradition, and self.
At the start of his journey, Tuan puzzled if he will be a stranger between those who gave the impression of him. via its finish, he reevaluates his personal self-definition as a hyphenated American and sheds new gentle on human identity’s advanced roots in background, geography, and language.
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I was more successful answering her. Chinese words and phrases came out, at Wrst hesitantly, then more copiously. I thought of myself as a ballpoint pen, too little used, that must be pressed hard against the paper for the ink to Xow. 41 This page intentionally left blank A Busy Day with a Satisfactory Ending Another Interview The next morning, I met with another young female reporter in the hotel lobby. ) We chatted easily in Chinese. She told me that the average age of the magazine staff was only twenty-seven and that although the magazine was new, she and her fellow workers hoped it would soon be recognized as the Chinese New Yorker.
When the check came, one of them grabbed it. “Wait a minute,” I protested. ” They, for their part, insisted on doing the honors if only because I, a Chinese, had shown America what a Chinese intellectual could do. Even in the midst of my natural (though perhaps reprehensible) pleasure at their compliment, I couldn’t help noticing that my young companions never doubted, despite my lack of facility in the language, that I was Chinese and that they themselves took great pride in being Chinese. Another Hotel and a Campus Tour “Sign on My Cap” I packed in the morning in preparation for the move from the Friendship Hotel to the Jingshi Hotel at Beijing Normal University.