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Understanding CantonRethinking Popular Culture in the Republican Period$
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Virgil Ho

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282715

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199282714.001.0001

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City versus Countryside: The Growth of an Urban Identity and its Meanings in Canton

City versus Countryside: The Growth of an Urban Identity and its Meanings in Canton

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(p.9) 1 City versus Countryside: The Growth of an Urban Identity and its Meanings in Canton
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Understanding Canton
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Virgil K.Y. Ho

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199282714.003.0002

The conventional belief that China has a strong anti-urban tradition is only partially true. By the early 20th century, it became clear that the city, and ‘modern’ city in particular, had replaced the countryside as a source of pride among both urban and rural dwellers. The socio-cultural gulf between the city and the country irreversibly widened, a trend that continues to take its toll on rural China and many of its related socio-cultural values.

Keywords:   anti-urban tradition, modernity, rural backwardness, urban progress, rural investigation

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