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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The intellectual origins of Lin Yutang's cultural internationalism, 1928–1938
by Lee, Madalina Yuk-Ling, M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2009, 158; 1467710
Abstract (Summary)

Cultural internationalism is international relations guided by intercultural affairs rather than by interstate affairs. From the outset of modern international history, two models of cultural internationalism have emerged—symmetrical and asymmetrical. The asymmetrical model—the one-way import of cultural ideas—was reserved for the non-Western world. China under the Chiang Kai-shek regime naturally falls under the asymmetrical model. The symmetrical model—the reciprocal exchange of cultural ideas—was reserved for the intra-Western world.

My study shows how Lin Yutang, in 1935, defied the restrictions of the symmetrical model and implemented symmetrical cultural internationalism—reciprocal cultural exchange with the Western world—with incredible success.

My study also contributes a new analytical framework for cross-cultural studies by analyzing the ideology and methodology of Lin Yutang’s framework from the perspective of cultural internationalism. Moreover, this study traces the origin of Lin’s framework to one of the New Culture paradigms conceived by Hu Shi and Zhou Zuoren.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gao, James Z.
Commitee: Liu, Jianmei, Olson, Keith W.
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian literature, History, Modern history
Keywords: China, Hu Shi, Lin Yutang, May fourth movement, New culture movement, United States
Publication Number: 1467710
ISBN: 978-1-109-30327-8
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