1st Edition

The Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader

By Kuan-Hsing Chen, Beng Huat Chua Copyright 2007
    640 Pages
    by Routledge

    640 Pages
    by Routledge

    Asian Cultural Studies or Cultural Studies in Asia is a new and burgeoning field, and the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Journal is at its cutting edge. Committed to bringing Asian Cultural Studies scholarship to the international English speaking world and constantly challenging existing conceptions of cultural studies, the journal has emerged as the leading publication in Cultural Studies in Asia.


    The Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader brings together the best of the ground breaking papers published in the journal and includes a new introduction by the editors, Chen Kuan-Hsing and Chua Beng Huat. Essays are grouped in thematic sections, including issues which are important across the region, such as State violence and social movements and work produced by IACS sub-groups, such as feminism, queer studies, cinema studies and popular culture studies.


    The Reader provides useful alternative case studies and challenging perspectives, which will be invaluable for both students and scholars in media and cultural studies.

    Introduction  Part 1: Problematizing ‘Asia’: Setting the Agenda  1. How Does Asia Mean? Sun Ge  Part 2: State Violence  2. Democracy and the Violence of the State: A Political Negotiation of Death Partha Chatterjee  Part 3: Americanism  3. America’ as Desire and Violence: Americanization in Post War Japan and Asia During the Cold War Shunya Yoshimi  Part 4: Feminism  4. Women and Freedom Firdous Azim  Part 5: Sexuality  5. Reticent Poetics, Queer Politics Liu Jen-peng and Ding Naifei  Part 6: Cinema  6. The 'Bollywoodization' of Indian Cinema: Cultural Nationalism in a Global Arena Ashish Rajadhyaksha  Part 7: Other Popular Cultures  7. The Power of Circulation: Digital Technologies and the Online Chinese Fans of Japanese TV Drama Kelly Hu  Part 8: Movements  8. Asian Peace Movements and Empire Muto Ichiyo  Part 9: Movements  9. Asia Peace Movement and Empire (2003) Muto Ichiyo 


    Chen Kuan-Hsing is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Coordinator of the Center for Asia-Pacific/Cultural Studies at the National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan. He is founding co-executive editor of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. His previous publications, in English and Chinese, include Trajectories: Cultural Studies Inter-Asia (2000) and Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies, edited with Dave Morley, (1996).

    Chua Beng Huat is professor in the Asia Research Institute and the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. He is founding co-executive editor of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. His previous publications include Life is Not Complete Without Shopping (2003) and Consumption in Asia: Lifestyles and Identities (2000).