Types of Cultural Response

  • Chih-P’ing Chou
Part of the China Academic Library book series (CHINALIBR)


The problem of China, however multifarious and complicated it may seem at first sight, is in reality one of cultural conflict and control. It is the problem of how to bring about a satisfactory adjustment in a situation where an ancient civilization has been forced against its own will into daily and intimate contact with the new civilization of the West; where the old civilization has clearly proved itself hopelessly inadequate in solving the pressing problems of national existence, economic pressure, social and political disorder, and intellectual confusion and anarchy: and where, for reasons hitherto never fully understood or expounded, the new invading civilization has so far not yet succeeded in either grafting itself upon the traditional culture or being extensively adopted and assimilated as a base or a ferment in working out a new cultural equilibrium.


Western Civilization Manchu Dynasty Cultural Response Cultural Conflict Cultural Transformation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chih-P’ing Chou
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  1. 1.East Asian Studies DepartmentPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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