China viewed from India

China by IndiaIn a new book review, Ngeow Chow Bing of the University of Malaya’s Institute of China Studies looks at the collection On China by India: From Civilization to Nation-State (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2016.1186206).

Edited by Chih-yu Shih, Swaran Singh and Reena Marwah and published by Cambria Press, the reviewer states that the collection is an outcome of:

… a worldwide project to document the intellectual histories of senior China experts in many countries, and from these intellectual histories interesting questions relating to epistemologies and theories regarding the relationship between subjects (scholars) and object (China) are formulated. This reviewer has been involved in this project. The project has been fruitful and productive, with several books and special issues of academic journals being published. This book is part of this project, documenting and analysing the ways Indian scholars have studied, researched, understood and compared China.

In two parts, the first “deals with interpreting and analysing the factors contributing to the various dimensions of the development of China studies in India…”. The second part “is a collection of interview transcripts with senior China scholars of India.”

Ngeow Chow Bing, while surprised that there is no discussion of the well-recognised China Report, states that “China scholars who come from European-American academic backgrounds, … will learn from this book about the personalities and contributions of various important China scholars in India…”.

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