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It would be difficult to name a subject that has puzzled the learned world so much and for so long, as the accurate delineation of the character of that wonderful and unchanging people, the Chinese.


HONESTLY IF THEY'RE UNCHANGING IT'S A STATIC ENTITY SO I DON'T SEE HOW THAT WOULD BE SO HARD

As the nineteenth century wore on, however, the model of knowledge as an encyclopedic whole dissolved and was replaced with one where knowledge was parsed into finer and finer disciplinary units. This only compounded the problem of where to fit Asians and their civilizations. As one writer put it, "In what category to place them must puzzle the psychologist."


(It's from 1838.)
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