Rogue Flows: Trans-Asian Cultural Traffic

Rogue Flows: Trans-Asian Cultural Traffic

Rogue Flows: Trans-Asian Cultural Traffic

Rogue Flows: Trans-Asian Cultural Traffic

Synopsis

The papers analyze how such intra-Asian flows (re)produce or challenge socio-cultural formations of Western modernity, with relation to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and class in Asia, and play a part in constructing national/cultural identities in Asia and in articulating the discursive category of 'Asia'.

Excerpt

Koichi Iwabuchi, Stephen Muecke and Mandy Thomas

This book analyses the ways in which the accelerating movement of goods, ideas, cultural products and finance in West-dominated globalisation processes have affected the framing of the transnational cultural traffic and encounters among Asian societies. the 1990s was the decade of Asia, in many senses. the decade opened with spectacular economic development of the region, which has made Asian nations more assertive against Western cultural and economic power. the Asian economic miracle was followed by a dramatic downfall due to the recent financial and economic crisis in the region. While what has been highlighted at the end of the millennium is the lingering Western (American) economic power, culturally, the recent economic crisis in the Asian region has not stopped intra-flows but rather furthered the interaction and intra-flows among Asian nations. This cultural traffic is exemplified by the increasing number of film co-productions among several Asian nations, including Japan. the Asian economic tumble has revealed the fallacy of an essentialist Asianism discourse, which associates the Asian economic miracle with primordial Asian values based upon the exclusive binarism between East and West (e.g., Huntington 1993). What has become more prominent— and this book provides some useful analyses—is the emergence of popular Asianism and Asian dialogues whose main feature is not Asian values or traditional culture but capitalist consumer/popular culture. in this sense, the recent crisis has revealed that it is the multifarious Asian response to the global spread of West-dominated capitalist modernities that has given new momentum to the meaning of being Asian in the new millennium.

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