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Nostalgia: Chinese Countryside from the Perspective of Emotional Embeddedness

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DOI: 10.25236/ICHCAD.2020.055


Hongyong Zhang, Ying QIN

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Ying QIN


Countryside decline is not only materially, but also spiritually. Especially in the current Chinese society, the materialization of villagers' spiritual pursuit has always been an important topic in the academic circle. From the perspective of “emotional embeddedness”, this paper makes a comparative study of the countryside in the Western and Southern of Henan Province, scanning the countryside from the aspects of marriage, customs, education and so on, in order to reflect the current Chinese situation from typical individual cases. “Nostalgia” means not only the “Utopia” in which scholars place their feelings on the countryside, but also the homesickness in their hometown after observation by scholars.


Emotional embeddedness; Countryside; Betrothal gifts; Educational investment; Rural marriage