Asian Studies: Book Series

Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

Series Editor:

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.