This chapter considers the unity of the Chinese people. It suggests that the Chinese people, reputed for its collective discipline, even for its nationalism, are not only diverse but full of contrasts, contradictory, restive, and especially hesitant and unsure of itself. From a distance, the Chinese seem to resemble one another, to work together, and to be moving forward. But in reality they emphasize what differentiates them, they annoy one another, and they all dream of their own private schemes or of leaving the country. The discussions cover topics such as the history of Chinese emigration; the inequality of conditions in China; and the decline of nationalism.
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