The Sociology of East Asia: Earthbound China: A Study of the by Chih-I Chang, Hsiao Tung-Fei

By Chih-I Chang, Hsiao Tung-Fei

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D). Because these factors are co-ordinated in time by virtue of the nature of agriculture, the calendar appears as a system of vertical and horizontal co-ordinates. The process of growth, determined by the physiology of the plants and by the climate, is not subject to the desires of man. The human effort expended on the farm simply provides the plants with an opportunity to grow. " Since different crops differ physiologically and in their response to the climate, an understanding of the agricultural activities of a people requires a knowledge of the kind of crops grown and the climatic conditions to which they are subject.

Contrary to the general rule that all sowing must be completed before Ch'ing Ming, only the seed sown after that date in 1939 was successfully germinated. " Despite the 1939 failure, it is clear that, given the lack of better means for predicting temperatures and the need for a system of reference to make advance planning possible, the preponderance of past experience must be accepted as a guide. While the standard calendar can be repeated in its entirety by everyone, this is not true of the individual calendars of work.

5 M FARM CALENDAR 23 of the houses, wheat is planted in scattered squares among the fields of broad beans, and the trailing vines of green beans impede the walker as he traverses the paths between the rice paddies. There are many secondary crops in addition to these, but they are produced in relatively small quantities. Since all of these secondary crops are raised in small quantities and almost exclusively for consumption by the farmers themselves, they do not constitute an important part of the economy and are therefore omitted from the calendar.

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