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Nations, National Narratives and Communities in the Asia-Pacific

1st Edition

Edited by Norman Vasu, Yolanda Chin, Kam-yee Law


232 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Many states in the Asia Pacific region are not built around a single homogenous people, but rather include many large, varied, different national groups. This book explores how states in the region attempt to develop commonality and a nation and the difficulties that arise. It discusses the consequences which ensue when competing narratives clash, and examines the nature of resistance to dominant narratives which arise. It considers the problems in a wide range of countries in the region including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Un/settled Narrations: Nationalism in the Asia-Pacific Norman Vasu, Yolanda Chin and Kam-yee Law Part 1: Constructing Commonality and the Nation 1. Rethinking the Who, What and When: Why not Singaporean Military Heroes? Ho Shu Huang 2. The Nation and its Murals: A Reading of Malaysian Images, 1957-1969 Lai Chee Kien Part 2: Competing Narratives Clash 3. Between Assimilation and Multiculturalism: Social Resilience and the Governance of Diversity in Singapore Daniel PS Goh 4. (Un)Problematic Multiculturalism: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Cohesion in New Zealand Allen Bartley 5. Colonialism, Sinicization and Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong: Social exclusion and barely citizenship Kim-ming Lee and Kam-yee Law 6. Globalization, Multicultural Society and Consensus Politics in S. Korea Inchoon Kim Part 3: Resisting dominant narratives 7. Managing Conflict in Canberra: National Identity and Narrating Difference Catriona Elder 8. Renegotiating Unity and Diversity: Problematic Multiculturalism in Post-Suharto Indonesia Hikmat Budiman

About the Editors

Norman Vasu is an Assistant Professor in the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University

Yolanda Chin is a Research Fellow in the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University

Kam-yee Law is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Institute of Education

About the Series

Comparative Development and Policy in Asia

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of development and policy in Asia. 

The scope of the series is broad, and aims to cover both comparative and single country studies, including work from a range of disciplines.  With particular reference to how Asian states have coped with the growing challenges of globalising economies and the ways in which national governments in Asia have changed their public policy strategies and governance models in order to sustain further economic growth, the series will bring together development studies, and public policy and governance analysis, and will cover subjects such as: economic development; governance models; the factors underpinning the immense economic achievements of different countries; the social, political, cultural, and environmental implications of economic restructuring; public policy reforms; technological and educational innovation; international co-operation; and the fate and political impact of people who have been excluded from the growth.  The series will include both empirical material and comparative analysis; and both single authored books and edited collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General