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A New East Asia

Toward A Regional Community

East Asia is normally identified as a group of countries lying along the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, but in recent years scholars have begun thinking about a new East Asia that is a community rather than a set of sovereign states. This regional community is a theoretical notion variously defined on the basis of economic or political relations, philosophical orientations, language or other criteria, with each standard producing a different set of boundaries. This book looks at the new East Asia from a Northeast Asian perspective, considering it both as a theoretical construct and a practical reality. The authors are Asian Studies specialists, mainly from Japan but with contributions from Korea and the United States, and they consider the trade and economic interaction, diplomacy, and security arrangements of East Asia. Prepared as part of a five-year research program conducted by Waseda University’s 21st Century Center of Excellence for the Creation of Contemporary Asian Studies, the essays are published here in English for the first time.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Designing an East Asian Community: Challenges to Contemporary Asian Studies
MORI Kazuko
2. Multilayered Postcolonial Historical Space: Indoneasia, the Netherlands, Japan and East Timor
GOTO Ken’ichi
3. Remapping East Asia as an International Society: The Discourses on East Asia and Asian Identity in Contemporary Korea
JANG In-Sung
4. Japan and East Asia: How Do We Meet the Globalization Challenge Together?
YAMAZAWA Ippei, KINOSHITA Toshihiko, C.H. Kwan
5. The Changing Patterns of International Trade in East Asia
URATA Shuniro
6. Chinese Diplomacy in the Multimedia Age
7. Non-traditional Security Cooperation for Regionalism in Northeast Asia
Tsuneo Akaha
8. Development and Happiness: Learning to Attain ‘Spiritual Wealth’ from Asia
9. National Identities in East Asia in the Shadow of Globalization
Gilbert Rozman

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