China's Quest for Modernization: A Historical Perspective

China's Quest for Modernization: A Historical Perspective

China's Quest for Modernization: A Historical Perspective

China's Quest for Modernization: A Historical Perspective

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In May 1992, with the help of the Ford, Luce, and MacArthur Foundations, a conference on the various historical perspectives of China’s modernization was held at Fudan University in Shanghai. The convenors of the symposium were Professor Wang Xi, then deputy director of the American Studies Center at Fudan, and I, then director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

The choice of the word “modernization” proved difficult for both sides of the symposium membership. Because of ongoing struggles within the Chinese government between “conservative” Party officials who resisted privatization and marketization, the term “modernization” was not used in the Chinese-language version of the conference’s designation. Our Chinese colleagues’ ideological uneasiness was matched on the Western scholars’ part by a feeling that the very invocation of “modernization” was already parti pris, recalling the assumptions of the 1950s and 1960s about the need for helping the “underdeveloped world” to “take off” and catch up with the advanced industrial countries of the West.

Yet, doubts about modernization theory notwithstanding, we all recognized the immediate relevance of the topic to the policies that Deng Xiaoping’s government was then pursuing. And, precisely because China’s political economy was in such a state of

We also wish to express our gratitude to Joan Kask, who attended the conference as assistant director of the institute; to Elinor Levine, who worked as a special research assistant on the project; and to Joanne Sandstrom, who as chief editor at the Institute of East Asian Studies saw this book through to completion.

It was, however, featured in the title of the Chinese symposium volume published three years ago.

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