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Coming Home to China

Coming Home to China by Yi-Fu Tuan
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In the summer of 2005, distinguished geographer Yi-Fu Tuan ventured to China to speak at an international architectural conference, returning for the first time to the place he had left as a child sixty-four years before. He traveled from Beijing to Shanghai, addressing college audiences, floating down the Yangtze River on a riverboat, and visiting his former home in Chongqing. In this enchanting volume, TuanÕs childhood memories and musings on the places encountered during this homecoming are interspersed with new lectures, engaging overarching principles of human geography as well as the changing Chinese landscape. Throughout, TuanÕs interactions with his hosts, with his colleagueÕs children, and even with a garrulous tour guide, offer insights into one who has spent his life studying place, culture, and self.At the beginning of his trip, Tuan wondered if he would be a stranger among people who looked like him. By its end, he reevaluates his own self-definition as a hyphenated American and sheds new light on human identityÕs complex roots in history, geography, and language.
University of Minnesota Press; March 2007
192 pages; ISBN 9780816654314
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Title: Coming Home to China
Author: Yi-Fu Tuan