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Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Sungmoon Kim, Hsin-wen Lee


272 pages

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Since the late 1980s, many East Asian countries have become more multicultural, a process marked by increased democracy and pluralism despite the continuing influence of nationalism, which has forced these countries in the region to re-envision their nations. Many such countries have had to reconsider their constitutional make-up, their terms of citizenship and the ideal of social harmony. This has resulted in new immigration and border-control policies and the revisiting of laws regarding labor policies, sociopolitical discrimination, and socioeconomic welfare.

 This book explores new perspectives, concepts, and theories that are socially relevant, culturally suitable, and normatively attractive in the East Asia context. It not only outlines the particular experiences of nation, citizenship, and nationalism in East Asian countries but also places them within the wider theoretical context. The contributors look at how nationalism under the force of multiculturalism, or vice versa, affects East Asian societies including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong differently.

The key themes are:

  • Democracy and equality;
  • Confucianism’s relationship with nationalism, cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism;
  • China’s use of its political institutions to initiate and sustain nationalism; the impact of globalization on nationalism in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan;
  • the role of democracy in reinvigorating indigenous cultures in Taiwan.

Table of Contents

Part One: Nationalism, Democracy and Equality

1. Nationalism’s Grip on Democracy: Good News and Bad [Bernard Yack, Brandeis University, USA]

2. In the Name of Equality: An Examination of Equality Arguments for National Self-Government [Hsin-wen Lee, University of Delaware, USA]

Part Two: Confucianism, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism

3. Nationalist Guo, Cosmopolitan Tianxia? The Possibility of a World Order Based on Confucian Relational Ethics [Sor-hoon Tan, National University of Singapore]

4. Rethinking Confucian Nation: Pluralism, Perfectionism and Public Culture in East Asia [Sungmoon Kim, City University of Hong Kong]

Part Three: State-Initiated Ethnic Nationalism

5. Contemporary Chinese Nationalism: Theories, Features and Facets [Eric K. M. Chong, Education University of Hong Kong]

6. From Residency to Citizenship: Chinese Nationalism and Changing Criteria for Political and Legal Interpretations of Hong Kong Identity in the Post 1997 Era [Loretta Kim, University of Hong Kong]

Part Four: Globalization, Neoliberalism and Nationalism

7. Developmental Multiculturalism and Articulation of Korean Nationalism in the Age of Diversity [Nora Kim, University of Mary Washington, USA]

8. On the Black Tide: A Historical and Politico-Economic Analysis of Taiwanese Nationalism and the Sunflower Movement [Rwei-Ren Wu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan]

9. Japanese Nationalism in the Age of Globalization [Nakajima Takahiro, University of Tokyo, Japan]

Part Five: Democracy and Indigenous Culture in Taiwan

10. Articulating the Nation and Its Struggles: Pangcah as a Case of Indigenous Movement in Taiwan [Shun-ling Chen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan]

11. Social Justice and Language Policy in Taiwan [Alan Patten, Princeton University, USA]

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

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Subject Categories

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