East Asian National Identities: Common Roots and Chinese Exceptionalism

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This rigorous comparative study of national identity in Japan, South Korea, and China examines countries with long histories influenced by Confucian thought, surging nationalism, and far-reaching ambitions for regional importance. East Asian National Identities compares national identities in terms of six dimensions encompassing ideology; history; the salience of cultural, political, and economic factors; superiority as a model national community; displacement of the U.S. in Asia; and depth of national identity. Through this analysis, Gilbert Rozman draws the three countries together in an East Asian National Identity Syndrome. Other contributors review historical sources and critical themes of identity in all three countries.

Contributors include professors of sociology, international relations, and political science in the United States, Japan, South Korea, and China.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A seminal work of superb scholarship, National Identities and Bilateral Relations: Widening Gaps in East Asia and Chinese Demonization of the United States is highly recommended for governmental and academic library International Studies Reference collections and contemporary East Asia Political Science Studies supplemental reading lists."—James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

"[T]he book is distinctive as a systematic, comparative, regionally focused, and comprehensive study. . . . Recommended."—X. Li, CHOICE

"The book is a very good overview of issues related to national identity in Japan, South Korea, and China. The six-dimensional analysis offers a novel approach to the study of national identity, and the comparative study should be commended."—Gi-Wook Shin, Director, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804781176
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/7/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Rozman is the Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2010-11.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part I The Six-Dimensional Approach

Introduction Gilbert Rozman 1

1 Japanese National Identity: A Six-Dimensional Analysis Gilbert Rozman 17

2 South Korean National Identity: A Six-Dimensional Analysis Gilbert Rozman 47

3 Chinese National Identity: A Six-Dimensional Analysis Gilbert Rozman 73

4 The East Asian National Identity Syndrome Gilbert Rozman 101

Part II The Evolution of National Identities and the Impact of Diplomatic Challenges

Introduction Gilbert Rozman 137

5 Japanese National Identity: Evolution and Prospects Kazuhiko Togo 147

6 Japan's National Identity in Postwar Diplomacy: The Three Basic Principles Yuichi Hosoya 169

7 Korean National Identity: Evolutionary Stages and Diplomatic Challenges Gilbert Rozman Andrew Kim 197

8 Unraveling National Identity in South Korea: Minjok and Gukmin Chung-in Moon 219

9 China's National Identity and Foreign Policy: Continuity amid Transformation Jin Linbo 239

10 China's National Identity in Diplomacy: Noninterference in Internal Affairs Ming Wan 257

Contributors 273

Index 275

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