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Conclusion: What A Liberal Cosmopolitan Alternative Means For Contemporary Chinese Intellectual Dilemma

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The critique of radicalism loosens up the defining dichotomy of Chinese modernity, namely, that of tradition (Chinese)/modernity (Western), and leads to a reassessment of the role of traditional cultural resources in Chinese modernity. A liberal cosmopolitan alternative in light of Lin Yutang's literary and cultural practices ought to understand that the fight for intellectual integrity and independence constitutes an invaluable lesson for modern Chinese intellectual experience. The liberal cosmopolitan disposition is open to all theoretical insights but ought to insist that what should be presupposed is the subjectivity of modern Chinese historical experience rather than the a priori superiority of new Western theories. Lin Yutang's cross-cultural practices demonstrate that a liberal cosmopolitan alternative for modern Chinese intellectuals must be vigilant towards both the totalitarian erosion of individual integrity and autonomy and the powers of cultural imperialism, especially in the form of commercial globalization.

Keywords: Chinese modernity; commercial globalization; contemporary Chinese intellectual dilemma; cultural imperialism; liberal cosmopolitan; Lin Yutang's literary practices

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