Making of Anthropology in East and Southeast Asia

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CHOICE OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR 2005

Despite the growth of interest in the history of anthropology as a over the last two decades, surprisingly little has been published in English on the development of anthropology in East and Southeast Asia and its relationship to the rest of the academic "world-system." The anthropological experience in this region has been varied. Japanese anthropology developed early, and ranks second only to that of the United States in terms of size. Anthropology in China has finally recovered from the experience of invasion, war, and revolution, and now flourishes both on the mainland and in Taiwan. Scholars in Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines have also attempted to break with the legacy of colonialism and develop research relevant to their own national needs.

This book includes accounts of these developments by some of the most distinguished scholars in the region. Also discussed are issues of language, authorship, and audience; and the effects these have on writing by anthropologists, whether "native" or "foreign." The book will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in the anthropology of East and Southeast Asia or the development of anthropology as a global discipline.

Shinji Yamashita is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at The University of Tokyo.

Joseph Bosco is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

J.S. Eades is Professor of Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the Media Resource Center, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology, University of Kent.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Asian anthropologies : foreign, native and indigenous 1
Ch. 2 The "world-system" of anthropology : Japan and Asia in the global community of anthropologists 35
Ch. 3 Debating the "Japanese" race in Meiji Japan : towards a history of early Japanese anthropology 57
Ch. 4 Constructing selves and others in Japanese anthropology : the case of Micronesia and Southeast Asian studies 90
Ch. 5 On the tension between Japanese and American anthropological depictions of Japan 114
Ch. 6 Japanese anthropology and depictions of the Ainu 136
Ch. 7 Past and present : two moments in the history of Chinese anthropology 152
Ch. 8 Anthropology and the progress of Chinese education : cultural continuity, cultural comparison, and the role of scholars 184
Ch. 9 Chinese national dance and the discourse of nativization in Chinese anthropology 198
Ch. 10 Local theories and sinicization in the anthropology of Taiwan 208
Ch. 11 The making and indigenization of anthropology in Korea 253
Ch. 12 Anthropology, identity, and nation formation in Malaysia 286
Ch. 13 Anthropology and indigenization in a Southeast Asian state : Malaysia 307
Ch. 14 Towards indigenization : responses, challenges and experiences in the Philippines 335
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