Kaori Okano and Yoshio Sugimoto, eds.

May 1, 2018

Rethinking Japanese Studies

Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific Region

Routledge 2018

purchase at bookshop.org Rethinking Japanese Studies. Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific Region (Routledge, 2018) is co-edited by Kaori Okano and Yoshio Sugimoto. The book tries to look at the discipline of Japanese Studies from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of contexts, starting from the premise that - as the authors put it - Japanese Studies is not the exclusive property of the anglophone world. In the volume, the authors try to answer several key questions:
  1. What variations are there among the academic communities of Japanese Studies in Asia?
  2. Is there a local intellectual approach that displays a degree of autonomy from the global scholarship in the English-using world?
  3. In what ways have some academic disciplines or approaches been affected by Anglo-Western scholarship to a greater extent than others? Why?
  4. What are the potential contributions of Japanese Studies in the Asia-Pacific to Japanese Studies globally?
In the interview, co-editor Kaori Okano answers some of these questions.

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