Australia’s view of Japan, as seen from Japanese Studies

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Abstract

Current demand for information about global issues has given rise to a diversity in views and analyses about Japan, including those from outside the ‘Anglo-West’, as Okano posits in this volume’s introduction. This essay explores intellectual trends in Japanese Studies from the Australian perspective since the 1990s, looking at shifts and trends in the discipline, and what effect they have had on scholarly views of Japan internationally. This essay reassesses Australia’s liminal status in the ‘Anglo-West’/’Asian’ binary, as a marginalised Anglophone academic culture. This allows us to think fruitfully about Eurocentrism as having many manifestations; it is not a monolithic single ideal. This essay draws on experience as Editor for the JSAA publication Japanese Studies, which began as a ‘bulletin’ circulated within Australian borders, transforming to an internationally peer reviewed journal in 1998.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Japanese Studies
Subtitle of host publicationEurocentricism and the Asia-Pacific Region
EditorsKaori Okano, Yoshio Sugimoto
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter7
Pages118–136
Number of pages19
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315157894
ISBN (Print)9781138068506
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary Japan Series
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • Japan
  • Australia and Japan

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