chapter  8
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‘A Cycle of Cathay’
WithJeffrey Mather

This book was written over the period of several years and although the subject matter is largely historical in nature there was always a twenty-first-century context that informed my work. When the project began, nearly ten years ago, global media focused on China’s rise and its rapid and unprecedented economic growth. After China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, companies from around the world scrambled to establish a presence within China while organizations and global universities increasingly sought to establish links, initiatives, and partnerships that could help strengthen their presence in China. When I initially began researching Western literary representations of China, I felt that my work could benefit from this enthusiasm towards China’s global presence while also address the relative absence of China within English studies.