I wish I could reveal what has spurred me to write this post, but if I do, it will no doubt hurt the feelings of people who probably spent a lot of time on the information they provided, so I will be more circumspect. But If I hear one more person at a seminar talk about how there is no “one China” I will scream and If I see one more map dividing up China in an effort to get people not to view it as monolithic, I will do the same.
I say this because I have absolutely no evidence to support the notion that anyone actually believes that the 38 year old Ph.d Computer Science professor in Shanghai is the same consumer as the 72 year old peasant in an Anhui Province village. Or that the international lawyer in Beijing thinks the same as the street peddler in Chengdu.
So until someone shows me that person, I am asking that we give this whole “there is no one China thing” a rest.
And if you find me that one person who actually thinks there is a China where everyone thinks alike, I will then ask you to explain to me how that person has any influence on anything even remotely related to China.
Who’s with me on this one?