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Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series


About the Series

Editorial Board:


Heung Wah  Wong (Executive Editor), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Chris Hutton, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Wayne Cristaudo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Harumi Befu (Emeritus Professor), Stanford University, USA
Shao-dang Yan, Peking University, China
Andrew Stewart MacNaughton, Reitaku University, Japan
William Kelly, Independent Researcher
Keiji Maegawa, Tsukuba University, Japan
Kiyomitsu Yui, Kobe University, Japan

How and what are we to examine if we wish to understand the commonalities across East Asia without falling into the powerful fictions or homogeneities that dress its many constituencies? By the same measure, can East Asian homogeneities make sense in any way outside the biases of East-West personation?

For anthropologists familiar with the societies of East Asia, there is a rich diversity of work that can potentially be applied to address these questions within a comparative tradition grounded in the region as opposed the singularizing outward encounter. This requires us to broaden our scope of investigation to include all aspects of intra-regional life, trade, ideology, culture, and governance, while at the same time dedicating ourselves to a complete and holistic understanding of the exchange of identities that describe each community under investigation. An original and wide ranging analysis will be the result, one that draws on the methods and theory of anthropology as it deepens our understanding of the interconnections, dependencies, and discordances within and among East Asia.

The book series includes three broad strands within and between which to critically examine the various insides and outsides of the region. The first is about the globalization of Japanese popular culture in East Asia, especially in greater China. The second strand presents comparative studies of major social institutions in Japan and China, such as family, community and other major concepts in Japanese and Chinese societies. The final strand puts forward cross-cultural studies of business in East Asia.

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Censorship in Japan

Censorship in Japan

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Heung Wah Wong, Hoi Yan Yau
October 14, 2020

This book explores censorship, particularly film and video censorship, in Japan in modern times. It shows how most censorship has been the film and video industry exercising self-censorship, but how this system has been problematic in that it has allowed dominant players in the industry to impose...

Chinese Animation, Creative Industries, and Digital Culture

Chinese Animation, Creative Industries, and Digital Culture

1st Edition

Weihua Wu
December 12, 2019

This book explores the development of the Chinese animation film industry from the beginning of China’s reform process up to the present. It discusses above all the relationship between the communist state’s policies to stimulate "creative industries", concepts of creativity and aesthetics, and the...

Japanese Encounters: The Structure and Dynamics of Cultural Frames

Japanese Encounters: The Structure and Dynamics of Cultural Frames

1st Edition

Eyal Ben-Ari
December 12, 2019

This book explores the multiplicity of special times and spaces in Japan within which people get together to decide, celebrate or play, in gatherings such as organizational meetings, community festivities, preschool games or drinking bouts. It analyzes these gatherings in relation to the...

The Japanese Adult Video Industry

The Japanese Adult Video Industry

1st Edition

Heung-Wah Wong, Hoi-yan Yau
December 12, 2019

Unlike many other books on pornography which concentrate on arguments about restricting or not restricting pornography, this book focuses on the production of adult videos. It outlines and examines the industrial dynamics of the industry, its strategies, technological capabilities and...

Tradition and Transformation in a Chinese Family Business

Tradition and Transformation in a Chinese Family Business

1st Edition

Heung-Wah Wong, Karin Ling-fung Chau
December 05, 2019

Family businesses have been an important part of the economy in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and in the Chinese diaspora, and, since the reforms, in mainland China itself. Some people have argued that the success of Chinese family businesses occurs because of the special characteristics and...

Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China

Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China

1st Edition

Wang Xiying
May 24, 2019

This book explores young people’s experiences of, and views on, dating, gender, sexuality, sexual hegemony and violence within dating relationships. Based on interviews and focus groups conducted in Beijing over a decade, and focusing especially on dating violence, the book reveals provides...

Japanese Adult Videos in Taiwan

Japanese Adult Videos in Taiwan

1st Edition

Heung-Wah Wong, Hoi-yan Yau
January 22, 2018

This book explores the debate between those who argue that globalisation is leading to worldwide cultural homogeneity, with American cultural good predominating, and those who argue that cultural goods are always adapted and contextualised in the particular setting in which they are used. Based on...

Rethinking Social Capital and Entrepreneurship in Greater China: Is Guanxi Still Important?

Rethinking Social Capital and Entrepreneurship in Greater China: Is Guanxi Still Important?

1st Edition

Jenn-Hwan Wang, Ray-May Hsung
January 12, 2018

Family networks and wider personal social relationships - guanxi - have long been held to be a significant factor making for the success of many Chinese family businesses, and guanxi is often seen as a special characteristic which shapes the nature of all business in China. This book re-examines...

Chinese Masculinities in a Globalizing World

Chinese Masculinities in a Globalizing World

1st Edition

Kam Louie
October 12, 2017

This book explores how the traditional ideal of Chinese manhood – the "wen" (cultural attainment) and "wu" (martial prowess) dyad – has been transformed by the increasing integration of China in the international scene. It discusses how increased travel and contact between China and the West are...

Youth and Internet Addiction in China

Youth and Internet Addiction in China

1st Edition

Trent Bax
December 09, 2015

A form of 'electronic opium' is how some people have characterised young people’s internet use in China. The problem of 'internet addiction' (wangyin) is seen by some parents as so severe that they have sought psychiatric help for their children. This book, which is based on extensive original...

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