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Knowing male subjects: Globally mobile Chinese professionals and the aesthetics of the Confucian sublime

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Knowing male subjects : Globally mobile Chinese professionals and the aesthetics of the Confucian sublime. / Hird, Derek.

In: China Perspectives, Vol. 2020-3, 01.09.2020, p. 19-27.

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