"This textbook will be welcomed by professors and students who have been long looking for an appropriate textbook for teaching and studying the changing geography of post-reform China." —Hongmian Gong, Hunter College, CUNY "A wonderful collection of current source data. The range of bibliographic material in these pages is great." —Kit Salter, University of Missouri, Columbia Changing China: A Geographic Appraisal provides an up-to-date and detailed account of the giant country that is undergoing an unparalleled and historic transition from a centralized command economy to a market-based economy, and from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrial power. Contributions from a distinguished team of geographers both inside and outside of China are divided into three parts that assess, respectively, economic changes since the reform of 1978, recent social transformations, and changes along China's peripheries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang, and inner Mongolia. An introductory chapter provides an overview of major themes. Includes a chronology of major events in Chinese history and a glossary of Chinese terms.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction: The Changing Geographies of China -- Economic Changes -- Land-Use Patterns and Land-Use Change -- Diminishing Cropland and Agricultural Outlook -- Agricultural Growth and Food Supply -- Agricultural Surplus Labor Transfer -- Policies and Spatial Changes of Industrial Development -- Changes in China's Space Economy Since the Reform -- Sustainable Development in the Yangtze Delta Area -- From Special Economic Zones to Special Technological Zones -- Foreign Direct Investment in the North China Coastal Region -- China in the Pacific Rim: Trade and Investment Links -- Social Changes -- Changes in the Chinese Population: Demography, Distribution, and Policy -- Population Characteristics and Ethnic Diversity -- Internal Migration -- Gender Differences in Chinese Migration -- Engendering Industrialization in China Under Reform -- Growth and Management of Large Cities -- Suburbanization in Beijing -- Village Transformation in Taiwan and Fujian -- Changes Along China's Periphery -- China's Changing Boundaries -- The Return of Hong Kong: Liabilities or Assets? -- Taiwan and Mainland China: Divided or United? -- The Geography and Political Economics of Inner Mongolia Beyond 2000 -- Xinjiang (Eastern Turkistan): Names, Regions, Landscapes, and Futures -- Province, Nation, and the Chinese Mega-State -- Afterword: China Enters the Twenty-First Century