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Civilization, Nation and Modernity in East Asia.

Author: Shih, Chih-Yu.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 2012.
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This book explores the crisis of cultural identity which has assaulted Asian countries since Western countries began to have a profound impact on Asia in the nineteenth century. Confronted by Western 'civilization' and by 'modernity', Asian countries have been compelled to rethink their identity, and to consider how they should relate to Western 'civilization' and 'modernity'. The result, the author argues, has been  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shih, Chih-Yu.
ISBN: 1280874414 9781280874413 9781136307119 1136307117
OCLC Number: 798209464
Description: 1 online resource (257 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
List of figures and tables --
Introduction: Asian betweenness: the civilizational nation and national civilization --
PART I An Asian intellectual path to the universal self: Asianism in theoretical discourse --
1 What is the world? The beginning of world history in Asianism --
2 What is the West? The oriental self that has no 'other' --
3 What is China? An epistemological threat to Japan's place --
PART II An Asian intellectual path to the universal self: Asianism in practical discourse --
4 Bridge of civilizations in nothingness: the Manchukuo recast --
5 Son of East Asia: a quest for transcendence in colonial Taiwan --
PART III The national self and the multiple appropriations of China: reconstructing international relations --
6 Retrieving the lost choice: how does death matter in Confucian IR? --
7 Assigning role characteristics to China on the rise: role state vs ego state --
8 Justifying non-intervention: East Asian schools of international relations? --
PART IV The national self and the multiple appropriations of China: reconstructing China --
9 Substituting self-governance for global governance: the statist theme of responsibility --
10 Doing away with nationalism? Emerging liberal plea for self-transformation --
Conclusion: race for harmony: Galton's civilizational puzzle --
Notes --
References --
Index.

Abstract:

This book explores the crisis of cultural identity which has assaulted Asian countries since Western countries began to have a profound impact on Asia in the nineteenth century. Confronted by Western 'civilization' and by 'modernity', Asian countries have been compelled to rethink their identity, and to consider how they should relate to Western 'civilization' and 'modernity'. The result, the author argues, has been a redefining by Asian countries of their own character as nations, and an adaptation of 'civilization' and 'modernity' to their own special conditions. Asian nations, the author contends, have thereby engaged with the West and with modernity, but on their own terms, occasionally, and in various inconsistent ways in which they could assert a sense of difference, forcing changes in the Western concept of civilization. Drawing on postmodern theory, the Kyoto School, Confucian and other traditional Asian thought, and the actual experiences of Asian countries, especially China and Japan, the author demonstrates that Asian countries' redefining of the concept of civilization in the course of their quest for an appropriate postmodern national identity is every bit as key a part of 'the rise of Asia' as economic growth or greater international political activity.

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