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Notes On China’s Unused Uplands

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Chinese peasants, who cultivate so little of their country, generally exploit the plains and valley floors, and neglect hills and mountains. The typical Chinese landscape presents a contrast between intensively cultivated alluvial land and practically unused hills covered with tall grass and thickets. The present article is concerned exclusively with inquiring into land utilization in the upland areas of the Far East with a Chinese civilization-what we may, for present purposes, term Chinese Asia. By and large, the task of colonizing the uplands of Southeast Asia will be more delicate than that concerned with the upland regions of central and north China. The peoples of Chinese Asia, who, are suffering from an increase in numbers, and whose restlessness is heightened because contact with Westerners has acquainted them with a living standard incompatible with their material civilization, must continue to founder in a sea of despair.

Keywords: alluvial land; Chinese Asia; Chinese landscape; material civilization; mountains; unused hills; upland



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