Reviews 151 that China must “never forget national humiliation.” The legacy of bitterness is the basis for China’s supposed need for a strong, authoritarian government to prevent a recurrence. Foreign concern over human rights is merely another attempt to interfere with China and control China. In his comprehensive treatment of the Western presence in China, Bickers is no apologist; foreigners did treat Chinese as second-class citizens in their own country. But Bickers suggests that the current ofﬁcial version in China, devoid of nuance, distorts as much as it illuminates. His study shows that human interactions are always complex. For every greedy imperialist there were genuine moments of meaningful interaction. In sum, Bickers has produced an engaging, informative, and well written study with much to recommend it. Parks Coble Parks Coble is the James L. Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research specialty is twentieth-century China, with emphasis on the history of Chinese capitalism and the Sino-Japanese War of 1937–1945. Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A. Denton, editors. Jottings under Lamplight: Lu Xun. Cambridge, MA and London, England: Harvard University Press, 2017. viii, 329 pp. Hardcover $35.00, ISBN 978-0-674-74425-7. Lu Xun’s cultural critique has remained relevant
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 11, 2018
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