Identity in Crossroad Civilisations

Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in Asia

Edited by Erich Kolig, Vivienne SM. Angeles, and Sam Wong

Edited by Erich Kolig, Vivienne SM. Angeles, and Sam Wong

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

264 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789089641274 Published March 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The contributors to this timely volume discuss the role that ethnicity, nationalism, and the effects of globalization have played in the emergence of new identities in Asia. Challenging Samuel Huntington’s popular yet controversial thesis of the “clash of civilizations,” the essays examine communities in Bhutan, China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and New Zealand, and reveal how new, amalgamated identities have materialized as a result of these communities’ willingness to adapt to the changing economic, political, and social climates brought on by globalization.

List of Tables and Plates

1    Introduction: Crossroad Civilisations and Bricolage Identities
         Erich Kolig, Sam Wong, Vivienne SM. Angeles

2    Asia and the Global World: Identities, Values, Rights
         Elena Asciutti

3    Creating 'Malaysians': A Case Study of an Urban kampung in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
         Toru Ueda

4    Ethnic Mosaic and the Cultural Nationalism of Bhutan
         Rup Kumar Barman

5    Religion and Cultural Nationalism: Socio-Political Dynamism of Communal Violence in India
         Sali Augustine

6    Is Identity Clash Inevitable?  Identity and Network Building amongst Mainland Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong
         Sam Wong

7    Socio-Economic Crisis and Its Consequences on a Little Known Tribal Community in West Bengal, India
         Samar Kumar Biswas

8    Post-Colonialism, Globalism, Nativism: Reinventing English in a Post-Colonial Space
         Krishna Sen

9    Occidentalism and Asian Middle-Class Identities: Notes on Birthday Cakes in an Indian Context
         Minna Säävälä

10  Ode to 'Personal Challenge': Reconsidering Japanese Groupism and the Role of Beethoven's Ninth in Catering to Socio-Cultural Needs
         Eddy Y. L. Chang

11  Performing Cosmopolitan Clash and Collage: Krishen Jit's Stagings of the 'Stranger' in Malaysia
         Charlene Rajendran

12  Constructing Identity: Visual Expressions of Islam in the Predominantly Catholic Philippines
         Vivienne SM. Angeles

13  Islam and Orientalism in New Zealand: The Challenges of Multiculturalism, Human Rights and National Security - and the Return of the Xenophobes
         Erich Kolig

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