Item description for Sights of Contestation: Localism, Globalism and Cultural Production in Asia and the Pacific by Kwok-Kan Tam, Wimal Dissanayake & Terry Siu-Han Yip...
The fourteen essays presented in this volume examine the diverse ways in which cultural products are shaped and re-shaped in public spaces in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and some other countries in the Pacific in their continuing encounters with the forces of localism and globalism.
Various theories of globalization have been proposed since the 1970s to predict the trend of development toward homogenization and explain the tensions hitherto created. However diverse the theories may be, there is one fact that assumes the form of a challenge. As the world has become seemingly less and less divergent in its "shrinkage," the traditional categories of cultural division and opposition, such as the East versus the West, may no longer be adequate in analyzing the world we live in today. Paradoxically enough, this very shrinkage and restructuring of the world has the effect of focusing more sharply on questions of localism, identity and cultural roots. This is, in fact, a moment in history when the local and the global are co-implicated in complex and unanticipated ways.
How do cultural workers, who are primarily writers, intellectuals, journalists, filmmakers and educators, in Asia and the Pacific respond to this challenging phenomenon? How do they conceptualize it? What are the prospects and problems they foresee with regard to their own societies and cultures? These are questions of utmost significance as one seeks to come to terms with East Asia and the emerging Pacific as a space of contestation and resistance in the global/local process of cultural production. The fourteen essays collected in this book certainly represent the views of some of the prominent scholars in the region.
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Studio: The Chinese University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Publisher The Chinese University Press
ISBN 9622018696 ISBN13 9789622018693
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More About Kwok-Kan Tam, Wimal Dissanayake & Terry Siu-Han Yip
Kwok-kan Tam is a professor at the department of english at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His areas of research include globalization and postcolonial studies, language and subjectivity, comparative literature and culture, drama, and psychoanalysis. Timothy Weiss, also a professor at the department of english at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His recent focus has been on postcolonial literature, world literature in English, and comparative literature.
Kwok-kan Tam was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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Too general and vague Aug 29, 2003
The authors and editors are perhaps being a little over-ambitious in compiling this book, for they've looked at a broad spectrum of things but are unable to focus their arguments more specifically. As a result, the contents of this book are often too general and vague. Too vague, in fact, for it to be of much use, other than stimulating the read onwards to further, and more useful, research.