To what extent are our futures likely to be determined by our traditions from the past?
Asian Futures, Asian Traditions is a collection of conference papers by scholars of Asian Studies, who explore the topics of continuity and change in Asian societies through essays in history, politics, gender studies, language, literature, film, performance and music. Recurring among the themes of the book are the invention and reinvention of tradition, nostalgia, issues of national and ethnic identity, colonial heritage, nationalism, ‘reform,’ and the effects of globalizing economies. Both the power and the precariousness of several Asian economies are revealed in studies of the ‘Asian Economic Crisis’ of the late 1990s and the conversion of some communist states to ‘market socialism.’
Edwina Palmer is Senior Lecturer in Japanese, teaching Japanese language and culture, at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has published in a wide variety of fields in Japanese Studies, including human geography, rural studies, literature, orality and mythology. Her work together with husband Geoffrey Rice on the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Japan is appraised as the most thorough in the subject to date. She is currently preparing a book on the eighth-century text
Foreword; List of Contributors; Introduction; Part 1: Tradition and History; 1 The Invention and Reinvention of Tradition in Japan; 2 The Kojiki as Japan’s National Narrative; 3 Structural Features of the Organization of Imperial Women in China’s Ming Dynasty (1368–1644); 4 The State and the Historians in the Construction of Nationalist Historical Discourse in Indonesia and the Philippines: A Preliminary Consideration; 5 National History vs Japanese History: Yamaji Aizan’s View of Japan and the World; 6 Religious Internationalism in Imperial Japan? The Case of Omoto; 7 Change and Continuity in China; 8 Deconstructing the Diaspora: The Construction of Chinese–Indonesian Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia; Part 2: Politics, Economics and Gender Studies; 9 Politics in Vietnam’s Red River Delta in the 1970s and 1980s (and why it is relevant to the 2000s); 10 Regimenting the Public Mind: The Modernization of Propaganda in the PRC; 11 Whose Model City? Poverty, Prosperity and ‘Progress’ in Quezon City, the Philippines; 12 Indonesian Law Reform in the Post-Soeharto Era; 13 The Making of Jonker Walk: Night Market, Pedestrian Mall or Culture Street?; 14 How Informal Enterprises Coped with the Asian Economic Crisis: The Case of Pedagang Kakilima in Bandung, Indonesia; 15 Financial Crisis and Micro-level Coping Strategies: A Case Study of Low-income Households in Malaysia; 16 ‘Comfort Women’, National Apology and Feminist Politics; 17 The Impact of Reserved Seats on Women’s Representation in the Bangladesh Parliament; 18 Japanese Lone Mothers and Family-friendly Work Policies; Part 3: Language, Performing and Visual Arts; 19 Malay and Japanese Idioms Denoting Human Emotions and Attributes; 20 Transforming and Inventing Koto Notations: Constructing Tradition and Identity from the Meiji Era; 21 The Struggle for Traditional Performance Survival in Southeast Asia; 22 Lat’s The Kampung Boy: Rural Malays in Tradition and Transition; 23 Nostalgia and Dissatisfaction: Reading Zhang Yimou’s The Road Home and Not One Less as Postmodern Texts; 24 Music for the Black-necked Cranes of Bhutan; Index