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A Brief Reply to Suping Lu’s Textual Critique

A Brief Reply to Suping Lu’s Textual Critique Rejoinder I reviewed two of Lu's books in an earlier issue of China Review International (CRI ), vol. 20, nos. 1 & 2 (pp. 125­133). He published a twenty-four-page "Response" to it in vol. 20, nos. 3 & 4 (pp. 259­282). I was quite dismayed by his combative, accusatory, and derisive tone, which I ascribe to his misreading of my review in the heat of passion -- not to personal malice toward me. I was also taken aback because I had found much to appreciate and praise in Lu's books compared with, for example, a much harsher appraisal of his earlier work by Joshua A. Fogel published by CRI.1 I also made suggestions on how Lu's books could have been improved. In the interests of brevity here, I limit myself to (1) citing one passage from my review, (2) restating its central point about Lu's methodology, and (3) making one request of CRI readers. My Basic Position I stated this position in paragraph 1 hoping that I would not be misconstrued and characterized as "bluntly display[ing] ethnic and cultural discrimination" (Lu, p. 264) or associated with the "right-wing circle in Japan" that makes "denial attempts" (Lu, pp. 280­281).2 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

A Brief Reply to Suping Lu’s Textual Critique

China Review International , Volume 21 (2) – Nov 28, 2014

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Rejoinder I reviewed two of Lu's books in an earlier issue of China Review International (CRI ), vol. 20, nos. 1 & 2 (pp. 125­133). He published a twenty-four-page "Response" to it in vol. 20, nos. 3 & 4 (pp. 259­282). I was quite dismayed by his combative, accusatory, and derisive tone, which I ascribe to his misreading of my review in the heat of passion -- not to personal malice toward me. I was also taken aback because I had found much to appreciate and praise in Lu's books compared with, for example, a much harsher appraisal of his earlier work by Joshua A. Fogel published by CRI.1 I also made suggestions on how Lu's books could have been improved. In the interests of brevity here, I limit myself to (1) citing one passage from my review, (2) restating its central point about Lu's methodology, and (3) making one request of CRI readers. My Basic Position I stated this position in paragraph 1 hoping that I would not be misconstrued and characterized as "bluntly display[ing] ethnic and cultural discrimination" (Lu, p. 264) or associated with the "right-wing circle in Japan" that makes "denial attempts" (Lu, pp. 280­281).2

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 28, 2014

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