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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822346761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822346760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book is not difficult to read and if you want to tap into some very contemporaneous thoughts on Asian political and economic issues in relation to the colonized subject, and the colonizing subject, then I venture to say this book will exceed your expectations. I found it rich and emotional, and extremely useful for thoughts on Inter-Asian concerns. It is especially relevant for us all as we live within the forces of globalisation, and in the Asian region, and for Australians as colonized and imperialised subjects. . . . I can highly recommend this book to all who are involved in Asian Studies.“ - Be Ryan, M/C Reviews


“Asia as Method offers a historically urgent constellation of theoretical questions, research trajectories, and political imperatives for scholars, students, activists, writers, filmmakers, and other media workers living in or affiliated with East Asia. The method in Asia as Method is not a something that should be confined to the classroom or research institute, but needs to be put into practice in our everyday dreams and struggles.” - John R. Eperjesi, TransReview


“[An] ambitious and fascinating book. . . . Chen’s book is as much a
challenge to Asian scholars in Asia as it is to those based in Europe and the USA.” - Thomas Radice, Journal of Intercultural Studies


“Chen Kuanhsing has produced a work that should galvanize a generation of Asian scholars to debate and ponder the meaning and direction of Asia at a time when regionalization produces many challenges and moral complexities for society.” - Prasenjit Duara, International Journal of Asian Studies


Asia as Method is a book of genuinely international importance. It is a significant intellectual achievement and a major breakthrough for the definition and legitimation of the disciplinary practice of cultural studies worldwide.”—Meaghan Morris, Lingnan University (Hong Kong) and University of Sydney (Australia)


“Kuan-Hsing Chen has attempted something both familiar and unusual. His book takes the old slogan of decolonization seriously and evaluates its achievements in different Asian contexts. But it also calls for continuing efforts against imperialism and the cold war, acknowledging the force of nationalism as an ally but not reposing faith in it. Asia as Method signals a new direction in cultural studies.”—Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University


“Kuan-Hsing Chen is one of a handful of scholars leading the whole project of ‘internationalizing’ cultural studies—an endeavor which has positively and irrevocably transformed the cultural studies project itself.”—Stuart Hall, Professor Emeritus, The Open University


“[An] ambitious and fascinating book. . . . Chen’s book is as much a challenge to Asian scholars in Asia as it is to those based in Europe and the USA.”
(Thomas Radice, Journal of Intercultural Studies)

“Chen Kuanhsing has produced a work that should galvanize a generation of Asian scholars to debate and ponder the meaning and direction of Asia at a time when regionalization produces many challenges and moral complexities for society.”
(Prasenjit Duara, International Journal of Asian Studies)

“This book is not difficult to read and if you want to tap into some very contemporaneous thoughts on Asian political and economic issues in relation to the colonized subject, and the colonizing subject, then I venture to say this book will exceed your expectations. I found it rich and emotional, and extremely useful for thoughts on Inter-Asian concerns. It is especially relevant for us all as we live within the forces of globalisation, and in the Asian region, and for Australians as colonized and imperialised subjects. . . . I can highly recommend this book to all who are involved in Asian Studies.“
(Be Ryan, M/C Reviews)

“Asia as Method offers a historically urgent constellation of theoretical questions, research trajectories, and political imperatives for scholars, students, activists, writers, filmmakers, and other media workers living in or affiliated with East Asia. The method in Asia as Method is not a something that should be confined to the classroom or research institute, but needs to be put into practice in our everyday dreams and struggles.”
(John R. Eperjesi, TransReview)

About the Author

Kuan-Hsing Chen is a professor in the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies at Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He has written and edited many books in Chinese. He is co-executive editor of the journal Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Etienne ROLLAND-PIEGUE on September 30, 2014
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There are two kinds of Asian studies on North-American campuses. The first, area studies of Asia, grew out of the Cold War and of the United States' need to know its allies and enemies better. It is politically neutral, although some critics would consider it conservative in essence, due to its modalities of topic selection, standards of scholarship, sources of research funding, and practical applications. It focuses on the production of experts on a specific region of the world which is of strategic interest for the United States. It usually requires the mastery of at least one Asian language, acquired through years of painful learning and extended stays in the country being studied. Great scholars have contributed to the field and have led distinguished careers that have brought them into positions of leadership within and outside academia.

Faced with a general crisis in area studies that may be linked to the decline of America's Cold War commitments, the discipline was reinvigorated by renewed interest in Asia-Pacific as the new center of global economic growth. A number of social scientists who learned their trade in sociology, political science, or sometimes even literature studies, reinvented themselves by turning into business consultants and management specialists, offering to unveil the mysteries of Asian capitalism in its successive reincarnations (from Japan Inc. to China’s global reach). In addition, whereas other fields became highly compartmented, it is still possible to pass as a “Japan specialist” or an “expert on China”, covering all aspects of a country's culture, economy, and political situation, in a way that is no longer possible for countries like France or Germany, let alone for Europe as a whole.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sony Coranez Bolton on July 8, 2013
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I think that Chen's monograph is an important contribution to destabilizing cold war knowledge formations that have delimited the possibility of a thorough-going and highly visible "Asian Studies in Asia" - his methodological intervention. If you are interested in exploring the connections between area studies and cultural studies (Birmingham school) then I highly recommend this book. Although some of his claims tend toward the declarative I think that his book should be generously read as clearing the ground for a new field of area studies in Asia where scholars take other Asian contexts as their cultural, political, and historical referents rather than endlessly citing the West (one of his critiques of postcolonial studies, particularly South Asian subalternists). I highly recommend it!
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