On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters


This volume analyzes mediated articulations of “cosmopatriotism” in East and South-East Asian popular cultures and arts. Cosmopatriots navigate between a loyalty to the home country and a sense of longing for and belonging to the world. Rather than searching for the truly globalized cosmopolitans, the authors of this collection look for the postcolonial, rooted cosmopolitans who insist on thinking and feeling simultaneously beyond and within the nation. The cultural sites they discuss include Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Singapore, the United States, South Korea and Australia. They show how media from both sides of the arbitrary divide between high art and popular culture – including film, literature, the fine arts, radio, music, television and mobile phones – function as vehicles for the creation and expression of, or reflection upon, intersections between patriotism and cosmopolitanism.

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Edwin Jurriëns is Lecturer in Indonesian Language and Culture at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia. He is author of Cultural Travel and Migrancy: The Artistic Representation of Globalization in the Electronic Media of West Java (KITLV Press, 2004).
Jeroen de Kloet is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and is affiliated to the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) as well as to the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). His research interests include the globalization of contemporary popular culture, in particular music and cinema, the culture of computer hackers, and the cultural and political implications of the Beijing 2008 Olympiad.
Jeroen DE KLOET and Edwin JURRIËNS: Introduction: Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters
I: Sex
Helen HOK-SZE LEUNG: Let’s Love Hong Kong: A Queer Look at Cosmopatriotism
Tom BOELLSTORFF: Dubbing Culture: Indonesian Gay and Lesbi Subjectivities and Ethnography in an Already Globalized World
Song HWEE LIM: Queering Chineseness: Searching for Roots and the Politics of Shame in (Post)Colonial Singapore
II: Space
Yiu FAI CHOW: Descendants of the Dragon, Sing!
Edwin JURRIËNS: The Cosmopatriotism of Indonesia’s Radio-Active Public Sphere
Jeroen DE KLOET: Cosmopatriot Contaminations
III: Body
Stephen EPSTEIN and Jon DUNBAR: Skinheads of Korea, Tigers of the East
Emma BAULCH: Cosmopatriotism in Indonesian Pop Music Imagings
Michelle ANTOINETTE: Deterritorializing Aesthetics: International Art and its New Cosmopolitanisms, from an Indonesian Perspective
IV: Race
Kyongwon YOON: New Technology and Local Identity in the Global Era: The Case of South Korean Youth Culture
Francis MARAVILLAS: Haunted Cosmopolitanisms: Spectres of Chinese Art in the Diaspora
Qin LIWEN: The Vision of the Other
Rey CHOW: Afterword
Name Index