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"A stunningly solid book-entrancing, intriguing, superbly written, filled with aperus that stimulate, tantalize, and satisfy. maybe it truly is sufficient to claim that i love it even larger than any of Tuan's already released books." -David Lowenthal, writer of The previous Is a overseas state Who Am I? unearths the bittersweet luck tale of a Chinese-American who got here to this kingdom as a twenty-year-old graduate scholar and stayed to develop into one in all America's best-known writers on cultural geography, panorama, nature, and setting. His autobiography is exclusive. No different tells a related tale of a chinese language immigrant whose existence within the American educational international mixes reputation, accolades, or even affection-all symptoms of success-with a deep feel of private failure. At one point this can be a chronicle of outstanding success, at one other the tale of descent from the "world level" to privateness. Tuan's tale progresses from a youth during which his father hobnobbed with such chinese language leaders as Chou En-lai to an maturity spent in a couple of U.S. universities. His luck in writing on subject matters of significant curiosity to most of the people interestingly remoted him from his scholarly base in geography. At a extra severe point, Tuan's bitterness lies in his trust in his personal ethical failings, his loss of courage-including the braveness to be open approximately his homosexuality-resulting, as he writes, "in a lifestyles that's seamed in ambivalence-achingly empty on the center, despairingly by myself, but usually content material, sometimes even happy," as while he catches glimpses of heaven in his exploration of the gorgeous and the great.

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They belonged to a worldwide network (guanxi) of the mind, such that any child could believe that he or she enjoyed a kissingcousin relationship with the likes of Newton. I now wish to turn, or return, to expansionism and guanxi of a more sociopolitical kind. As is well known, the higher the social class, the greater is the scale of its spatial and temporal operations. In China, families of the professional middle or scholar-gentry class were able to send their tentacles of influence well beyond the village, town, or clustering of towns in which they happened to reside.

He was na35 Personal: From Parents to Stone ively egotistical. His needs came first. Having gotten up, dressed, and ready for work or play, he couldn't understand why his children might want to loll about. Let me give one more example from a later decade, even if my remembrance of it exposes my own pettiness. As an adult, I visited Father in his various diplomatic posts abroad. After Mother's death, I shared his bedroom in the embassy at his insistence. One trivial inconsideration that I can't get out of my mind is that he invariably switched on the ceiling light when he wanted to go to the bathroom or just to know the time.

One was that, in the late 1930S, Nationalists and Communists were officially allies in their joint effort to combat the Japanese. Chou En-lai was stationed in the wartime capital. He came to our home from time to time. I remember him arm-wrestling with my father in the living room. Chou had hurt his arm in a fall, and Father was testing whether his friend's arm had regained its full strength. Another reason was sociophilosophical compatibility: both Chou and my father felt deep sympathy for the underdog, Chou through his idealism and Father through his experience as the poor boy as well as through idealism.

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