Land, Technological Triumphalism and Planetary Limits: Revisiting Human-Land Affinity
In the era of Anthropocene, we humanists need to interact with social and natural scientists in a joint effort to curtail the rise of technological supremacy derived from Western modernism. In this chapter, I examine the Chinese policy of “cash changeover” (bianxian), that is, using a computation formula to convert local environments into monetary assets and sell a portion of the resources to fund local industrial projects for fast-track revenue. I critique the notion that one can go selling land-based resources as if they were movable items of one’s belonging and consume them at peril, while I strive to reenchant a notion of the traditional Chinese ethics, “human-land affinity” (rendi qihe) so that humans can cohabit the lands with nonhuman life forms in harmony.
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