Synopses & Reviews
This timely collection provides a critical transnational perspective on some of the complex cultural effects of emerging global! capitalisms and modernities in the Asia Pacific region. Geographically, this vast territory encompasses Japan, the newly industrialized states of East Asia and China, the Southeast Asian countries, Australia, New Zealand, the South Sea Islands, and the Pacific coast of North America. Culturally and conceptually, its reach is even more extensive.
Departing from the exclusive focus on economic and political issues that has dominated analyses of the region, Transnational Asia Pacific assesses the relation of gender to development, education, and culture. Contributors explore the psychosocial and linguistic processes through which women's selves are constructed, the role of popular culture and mass media in shaping new female identities, and the consequences for men's and women's lives of the state's response to modernization and global capitalism.
Cutting to the heart of key cultural issues, Transnational Asia Pacific advances our understanding of the dynamics of cultural globalization and their impacts on Asian social communities.
Table of Contents
Introduction / Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Wimal Dissanayake -- Posit(ion)ing human rights in the current global conjuncture / Pheng Cheah -- Bodies, letters, catalogs : Filipinas in transnational space / Rolando B. Tolentino -- The West's "comfort women" and the discourses of seduction / Lynn Thiesmeyer -- Bloody Mary meets Lois-Ann Yamanaka : imagining Asia/Pacific, from South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge / Rob Wilson -- Representing the "new" Asia : Dick Lee, pop music, and a Singapore modern / C.J.W.-L. Wee -- Killing motherhood as institution and reclaiming motherhood as experience : Japanese women writers, 1970s-90s / Fukuko Kobayashi -- The melting pot of assimilation : cannibalizing the multicultural body / Sneja Gunew -- Dropping the towel : images of the body in contemporary Thai women's writing / Susan Fulop Kepner.