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The Difficulty Of Undertaking National Studies Research In The Nineties: The Problem Of The National Studies Fever And Research Into Traditional Culture

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This chapter examines the origin of the term 'national studies'. The term in current use is one that Chinese intellectuals have borrowed from Japan in recent times. The idea of 'national studies' as it emerged in the early twentieth century gives people the impression that national studies is but ancient history and textual criticism. Over the last ten years, the idea of 'national studies' is part of the Culture Fever and it is quite simply the idea of 'traditional Chinese culture'. In the 90s the term 'national studies' was widely used in popular speech as in the Collected Works of National Studies, National Studies Research, Collected Works of Great Scholars of National Studies and the like, which all appeared in the 90s, testify. In the stimulation of contemporary East Asian culture, Chinese culture will once more assume its responsibility for spiritual creativity.

Keywords: national studies; traditional Chinese culture

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