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Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China by Gordon H. Chang (review)

Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China by Gordon H. Chang (review) China Review International: Vol. 21, No. 2, 2014 Gordon H. Chang. Fateful Ties: A History of America's Preoccupation with China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. xi, 314 pp. Hardcover $32.95, isbn 978-0-674-05039-6. Gordon H. Chang explores how "China has been a central ingredient in America's self-identity from its very beginning and in the American preoccupation with national fate" (p. 8). Beginning with the late eighteenth-century aspirations for independence from Britain to the Barack Obama administration when then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton claimed the United States and China's futures were inevitably interdependent upon one another, Chang traces American "destinarian attitudes" toward China and Chinese people to show how everyday Americans envisioned American national identity and future growth as a nationstate -- culturally, economically, and politically -- through their real and imaginary relationships with China. Recent travelogues about China's capitalist modernization, and even Tom Clancy novels and video games centered on fictional stories of US wars with China, which Chang cites, are just a few of the American cultural representations from the twenty-first century that relays how "China simultaneously fascinates and repels" and "intrigues and infuriates" in the American imaginary (p. 7). Although media and political discourse on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China by Gordon H. Chang (review)

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

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China Review International: Vol. 21, No. 2, 2014 Gordon H. Chang. Fateful Ties: A History of America's Preoccupation with China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. xi, 314 pp. Hardcover $32.95, isbn 978-0-674-05039-6. Gordon H. Chang explores how "China has been a central ingredient in America's self-identity from its very beginning and in the American preoccupation with national fate" (p. 8). Beginning with the late eighteenth-century aspirations for independence from Britain to the Barack Obama administration when then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton claimed the United States and China's futures were inevitably interdependent upon one another, Chang traces American "destinarian attitudes" toward China and Chinese people to show how everyday Americans envisioned American national identity and future growth as a nationstate -- culturally, economically, and politically -- through their real and imaginary relationships with China. Recent travelogues about China's capitalist modernization, and even Tom Clancy novels and video games centered on fictional stories of US wars with China, which Chang cites, are just a few of the American cultural representations from the twenty-first century that relays how "China simultaneously fascinates and repels" and "intrigues and infuriates" in the American imaginary (p. 7). Although media and political discourse on

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Published: Nov 28, 2014

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