Home Region

  • Peter J. Peverelli
  • Jiwen Song


One of the contexts in which Chinese actors construct (a version) of their self is their region of origin. Chinese are very sentimental concerning their roots. Numerous poems, songs, novels, feature films, etc., have been produced with the home region/town of the author as their main theme. Chinese used to be infrequent travelers. The Daoist ideal was that ‘one could hear the neighbor’s dog barking, but did not know what the neighbor looked like.’ While this is an extreme rendering of Chinese geographic sentiments, it is indicative of the close relationship a Chinese has with his/her place of birth. Such a close, sentimental, relation with the home region provides an excellent environment for the preservation of the local dialect, cuisine, customs, etc.; or, in our terminology, for construction and continuous reconstruction of geographic cognitive spaces.


Household Registration Home Region Home Town Representative Office Household Registration System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Peverelli
    • 1
  • Jiwen Song
    • 2
  1. 1.Management & OrganizationVU UniverstiyAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.School of BusinessRenmin University of ChinaBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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