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Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

Series Editor: Wong Heung Wah

Editorial Board:

Heung Wah Wong (Executive Editor), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Chris Hutton, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Wayne Cristaudo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Harumi Befu (Emeritus Professor), Stanford University, USA

Shao-dang Yan, Peking University, China

Andrew Stewart MacNaughton, Reitaku University, Japan

William Kelly, Independent Researcher

Keiji Maegawa, Tsukuba University, Japan

Kiyomitsu Yui, Kobe University, Japan

How and what are we to examine if we wish to understand the commonalities across East Asia without falling into the powerful fictions or homogeneities that dress its many constituencies? By the same measure, can East Asian homogeneities make sense in any way outside the biases of East-West personation?

For anthropologists familiar with the societies of East Asia, there is a rich diversity of work that can potentially be applied to address these questions within a comparative tradition grounded in the region as opposed the singularizing outward encounter. This requires us to broaden our scope of investigation to include all aspects of intra-regional life, trade, ideology, culture, and governance, while at the same time dedicating ourselves to a complete and holistic understanding of the exchange of identities that describe each community under investigation. An original and wide ranging analysis will be the result, one that draws on the methods and theory of anthropology as it deepens our understanding of the interconnections, dependencies, and discordances within and among East Asia.

The book series includes three broad strands within and between which to critically examine the various insides and outsides of the region. The first is about the globalization of Japanese popular culture in East Asia, especially in greater China. The second strand presents comparative studies of major social institutions in Japan and China, such as family, community and other major concepts in Japanese and Chinese societies. The final strand puts forward cross-cultural studies of business in East Asia.

New and Published Books

1-3 of 3 results in Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series
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  1. Chinese Masculinities in a Globalizing World

    By Kam Louie

    Series: Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

    This book explores how the traditional ideal of Chinese manhood – the "wen" (cultural attainment) and "wu" (martial prowess) dyad – has been transformed by the increasing integration of China in the international scene. It discusses how increased travel and contact between China and the West are...

    Published November 14th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Japanese Adult Videos in Taiwan

    By Heung-Wah Wong, Hoi-yan Yau

    Series: Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

    This book explores the debate between those who argue that globalisation is leading to worldwide cultural homogeneity, with American cultural good predominating, and those who argue that cultural goods are always adapted and contextualised in the particular setting in which they are used. Based on...

    Published March 28th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Youth and Internet Addiction in China

    By Trent Bax

    Series: Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

    A form of 'electronic opium' is how some people have characterised young people’s internet use in China. The problem of 'internet addiction' (wangyin) is seen by some parents as so severe that they have sought psychiatric help for their children. This book, which is based on extensive original...

    Published August 6th 2013 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Tradition and Transformation in a Chinese Family Business
    By Heung-Wah Wong, Karin Ling-fung Chau
    To Be Published October 31st 2015
  2. Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China
    By Wang Xiying
    To Be Published November 30th 2015
  3. Popular Culture and the Formation of Hong Kong Identity
    By Karin Ling-fung Chau, Heung Wah Wong, Hoi-yan Yau
    To Be Published November 30th 2015

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