Land, Technological Triumphalism and Planetary Limits: Revisiting Human-Land Affinity

  • Xinmin Liu
Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)


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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  • Xinmin Liu
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  1. 1.School of Languages, Cultures, and RaceWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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