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Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism Paperback – May 15, 1997
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This is the definitive guide to the influence of East on West. Exhaustively searching out those aspects of Asian religion, art, language, culture, and inventiveness that have made their way West, the staff of A. Magazine, the only national magazine dedicated to the experience of Asian Americans, have provided a brilliantly packaged, endlessly amusing compendium of articles, images, and ideas. Need to know the coolest and strangest candies from the Western Pacific? The hottest Japanese cartoons and comic books? The basics of Buddhism? Origami's origin? Look no further. In hundreds of articles, presented with eye-catching imagery and a consistently funny and mildly snide attitude, the collision between the worlds of Astro Boy and Superman is brought to life in this delightful read.
With Jackie Chan at the multiplex, Thai restaurants and karaoke bars in plenty of American cities, and Nintendo and Sega battling it out for video game domination, Asian cultural impact on the U.S. may be as powerful as Asian economic clout. To help Americans deal with the onslaught of things Eastern, the editors of A. Magazine offer a Baedecker of Asian influences, ancient and contemporary. Some of the subjects of the volume's one-to six-page entries (noodles, martial arts) have made it big in America, and seeing more of some others (Japanese animated cartoons, pop groups like Pizzicato Five) seems inevitable. Still others (sumo, Chinese opera) seem unlikely ever to make significant inroads. Although Japanese and Chinese subjects predominate, Indian, Vietnamese, and other Far and Near Eastern topics appear. This range of coverage repeatedly demonstrates Asian cultural diversity; for example, both Japanese comic books and Salman Rushdie appear in the literature section. This entertaining, user-friendly guide comes just in time for the Pacific Century. Gordon Flagg
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Also, in their attempts to be "humorous", the writers often sound condescending and mocking, leading one to suspect the writers are quite ignorant of many of the topics in the book. I'll just cite the example of Japanese noise. The writers approached the topic with a "oh jeez, aren't these Asians kooky and kind of stupid" attitude, when there could easily have been a way of dealing with the topic in a humorous AND intelligent manner. Come on, if the people writing the book are ignorant of a topic, they should have either found someone who does to write the section, or do some actual learning instead of glossing over the topic. This criticism extends to many other topics in the book.