From the Foundations in Global Studies series, this text offers students a fresh, comprehensive, multidisciplinary entry point to East Asia, with an emphasis on the globalizing processes the region is undergoing. After a brief introduction to the study of East Asia, the early chapters of the book survey the essentials of East Asian history and offer an overview of the region’s languages, economic development, and global connections. Students are guided through the material with relevant maps, resource boxes, and text boxes that support further independent exploration of the topics at hand.
The second half of the book presents an interdisciplinary portrait of the region through a set of case studies that explore key aspects of the cultural, economic, and political life in specific countries, sometimes holding up a mirror to the region as a whole. Readers will come away from this book with an understanding of current issues that have particular relevance in East Asia as we know it today and of the larger globalizing forces shaping the region and beyond.
Table of Contents
About This Book I: Overview 1. Introducing East Asia 2. East Asian Studies: History, Careers, and ResourcesII: Fundamentals 3. Modern East Asia: A History 4. East Asian Languages III: The Global Context 5. East Asian Economies in a Globalizing World 6. Globalization in East Asia 7. Debunking the Myths IIII: Case Studies 8. Introduction to the Case Studies 9. From Flying Pigeons to Fords: China’s New Car Culture 10. New Media and New Technology in Colonial Korea: Radio 11. Interpreting Minority Experiences of Japan’s March 2011 Triple Disaster 12. Society and Culture: Confucianism in East Asia Today 13. The Korean Peninsula: Global Dimensions 14. Reading "Kimigayo": The Japanese National Anthem in a Time of Postnational Transition 15. Globalization and Deindustrialization in China’s (Former) Porcelain Capital 16. Butō: The Birth and Maturation of a New Global Art Form 17. China’s One-Child Policy and the Empowerment of Urban Daughters About the Editor and Contributors Index
Anne Prescott is the director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies in Massachusetts and a national director for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, a leading provider of professional development training on East Asia. Trained as an ethnomusicologist specializing in traditional Japanese music, she spent eight years in Japan. She has been an administrator at area studies centers since 2002.