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Transnational Trajectories in East Asia

Nation, Citizenship, and Region, 1st Edition

Edited by Yasemin Nuhoḡlu Soysal


274 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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In recent decades, East Asia has become increasingly interconnected through trade, investment, migration, and popular culture at regional and global levels. At the same time, the region has seen renewed national assertiveness and nationalist impulses. The book interrogates these seemingly contradictory developments as they bear on the transformations of the nation and citizenship in East Asia. Conventionally, studies on East Asia juxtapose these developments, focusing on the much-exercised dichotomy of the national and transnational. In contrast, this book suggests a different orientation. First, it moves beyond the simplistic view that demarcates the transnational as "the West". Second, it does not view the national and transnational as distinct or contradictory spheres of influence and analysis, but rather, focuses on the interactions between the two, with a view on how these interactions work to transform the ideals and practices of the "good nation", "good society", and "good citizen". The chapters cover a broad range of empirical research--education, science, immigration, multicultural policy, human rights, gender and youth orientations, art and food flows, politics of values and regional identity--which highlight the ways in which the nation is reconfigured, and the relationship between the citizen and (national) collective is redefined, in relation to transnational dynamics and frameworks.

Transnational Trajectories in East Asia provides a new perspective on and original analysis of transnational processes, bringing a fresh understanding to developments of the nation and citizenship in the region. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of transnationalization and globalization; comparative citizenship, migration, and multiculturalism; and Asian politics, society, and regionalism.

Table of Contents

1. Mapping the Terrain of Transnationalization: Nation, Citizenship, and Region, Yasemin Soysal Part I: Institutionalized Projects2. Citizenship as National and Transnational Enterprise: How Education Shapes Regional and Global Relevance, Yasemin Soysal and Suk Ying Wong 3. Synthesizing the "National" and the "Cosmos": The Case of Life Sciences in China, Joy Yueyue Zhang 4. From Resistance to Attractiveness: The Politics of Values and Regionalism in East Asia, David Leheny Part II: Mobilities 5. Creative East–West Cosmopolitanism? The Changing Role of International Mobility for Young Japanese Contemporary Artists, Adrian Favell 6. Eating One’s Way to Sophistication: Japanese Food, Transnational Flows and Social Mobility in Hong Kong, Yoshiko Nakano 7. Immigration, Nationhood, and Transnationalization in Industrialized East Asia, John D. Skrentny and Jack Jin Gary Lee Part III: Imaginaries 8. Single Women and Cosmopolitan Re-imaginings of Gendered Citizenship in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, Lynne Y. Nakano 9. The Changing Transnational Imagery of the "Good Nation" and the Ainu in Japan, Kiyoteru Tsutsui 10. Japan’s Place in the World: Transformations of National Imaginings of Geography, Alexis Dudden Part IV: Possibilities 11. Generational Shift in a Transnational World: Civic Orientations of Taiwanese Youth, Ly-Yun Chang and Tony Tam 12. Cultural Citizenship and Prospects for Japan as a Multicultural Nation, Koichi Iwabuchi 13. National, Regional, and Global Dynamics in East Asia: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Forces, Mark Selden


About the Editor

Yasemin Nuhoglu Soysal is Professor of Sociology at University of Essex, UK.

About the Series

Asia's Transformations

The books in this series explore the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of Asia's twenty-first century transformations. The series emphasizes the tumultuous interplay of local, national, regional and global forces as Asia bids to become the hub of the world economy. While focusing on the contemporary, it also looks back to analyze the antecedents of Asia's contested rise. Asia's Transformations aims to address the needs of students and teachers.

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Subject Categories

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