China and India: An anthropological view in relation to cultural peripheries

China and India: An anthropological view in relation to cultural peripheries

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China and India: An anthropological view in relation to cultural peripheries

Chie Nakane

Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP) is the only peer-reviewed academic dual language journal for social scientific, humanities and comparative studies of China in the world, published biannually in June and December in print and electronic versions from 2015 by the Global China Press. Electronic articles can be accessed online from the JCCP website after you have subscribed to the journal. For institutions, we will need your IP address/es, either on-campus, off-campus or both.

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DOI http://doi.org/10.24103/JCCP.2015.2.4

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Abstract

China and India are two ancient civilizations. The two nations are very different in general impression. According to personal living and research experiences in the two nations, the author found out significant commonness based on a huge continental society with a long history. Tibet is located between China and India. The author observed different attitudes of Han people and Hindus towards Tibetans, which is related to characteristics of two civilizations and the nature of two societies. Regarding the acceptance of Buddhism, finally the author discusses the different attitudes of Tibetans, Han people and Japanese.

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Abstract: China and India are two ancient civilizations. The two nations are very different in general impression. According to personal living and research experiences in the two nations, the author found out significant commonness based on a huge continental society with a long history. Tibet is located between China and India. The author observed different attitudes of Han people and Hindus towards Tibetans, which is related to characteristics of two civilizations and the nature of two societies. Regarding the acceptance of Buddhism, finally the author discusses the different attitudes of Tibetans, Han people and Japanese.

Keywords: cultural peripheries, Hannization, Sanscritization, Buddhism

Chie Nakane 中根千枝 is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where she taught Social Anthropology, and also became Director of the Institute of Oriental Culture. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), as well as Professor at Large at Cornell University. Professor Nakane is also an honorary member of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Her research is dedicated to cross-cultural comparisons of Asian societies, particularly Japan, China and India. She is best known for her book Japanese Society (1970).

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Chie Nakane
China and India: An anthropological view in relation to cultural peripheries
Journal of China in Comparative Perspective
Vol.1 Issue 2. 2015, p40-47
DOI: http://doi.org/10.24103/JCCP.2015.2.4
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