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1st Edition

Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia

ISBN 9780367272951
Published March 21, 2019 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

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


Introduction: Nationalism in East Asia and East Asian Multiculturalism (Sungmoon Kim and Hsin-wen Lee)

Part I: Nationalism, Democracy, and Equality

Chapter 1: Nationalism’s Grip on Democracy: Good News and Bad (Bernard Yack)

Chapter 2: In the Name of Equality: An Examination of Equality Arguments for National Self-Government (Hsin-wen Lee)

Part II: Confucianism, Nationalism, and Cosmopolitanism

Chapter 3: Nationalist Guo, Cosmopolitan Tianxia? Possibility of World Order Based on Confucian Relational Ethics (Sor-hoon Tan) 

Chapter 4: Confucian Nation? A Perfectionist Justification in a Pluralist Society (Sungmoon Kim)

Part III: State-Initiated Ethnic Nationalism

Chapter 5: A Review of Contemporary Chinese Nationalism: Theories, Features and Facets (Eric K. M. Chong)     

Chapter 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 E. Kim)

Part IV: Globalization, Neoliberalism, and Nationalism

Chapter 7: Developmental Multiculturalism and Articulation of Korean Nationalism in the Age of Diversity (Nora Hui-Jung Kim)

Chapter 8: On the Black Tide: A Historical and Politico-Economic Analysis of Taiwanese Nationalism and the Sunflower Movement (Rwei-Ren Wu)

Chapter 9: Japanese Nationalism in the Age of Globalization: Toward an Earthly Universalism (Nakajima Takahiro)

Part V: Democracy and Indigenous Cultures in Taiwan

Chapter 10: Art-iculating the Nation and Its Struggles—Pangcah as a Case of Indigenous Movement in Taiwan (Shun-ling Chen)

Chapter 11: Social Justice and Language Policy in Taiwan (Alan Patten)


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Sungmoon Kim is Professor of Political Theory at the Department of Public Policy of the City University of Hong Kong

Hsin-wen Lee is Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Delaware