They Need Nothing: Hispanic-Asian Encounters of the Colonial Period

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The first comprehensive study of Spanish writings on East and Southeast Asia from the Spanish colonial period, They Need Nothing draws attention to many essential but understudied Spanish-language texts from this era. Robert Richmond Ellis provides an engaging, interdisciplinary examination of how these writings depict Asia and Asians as both similar to and different from Europe and Europeans, and details how East and Southeast Asians reacted to the Spanish presence in Asia.

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They Need Nothing: Hispanic-Asian Encounters of the Colonial Period

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Overview

The first comprehensive study of Spanish writings on East and Southeast Asia from the Spanish colonial period, They Need Nothing draws attention to many essential but understudied Spanish-language texts from this era. Robert Richmond Ellis provides an engaging, interdisciplinary examination of how these writings depict Asia and Asians as both similar to and different from Europe and Europeans, and details how East and Southeast Asians reacted to the Spanish presence in Asia.

They Need Nothing highlights texts related to Japan, China, Cambodia, and the Philippines, beginning with Francis Xavier’s observations of Japan in the mid-sixteenth century and ending with José Rizal’s responses to the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the late nineteenth century. Ellis provides a groundbreaking expansion of the geographical and cultural contours of Hispanism that bridges the fields of European, Latin American, and Asian Studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Raul Marrero-Fente

‘Ellis’s book is a welcome addition to the burgeoning field of early modern Hispano-Asiatic studies… This book constitutes an invaluable research tool for scholars in Hispano-Asiatic studies and to specialists in colonial studies more generally.’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442645110
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 8/6/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Richmond Ellis is Norman Bridge Distinguished Professor of Spanish at Occidental College.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

1 Japanese and Spaniards in the Christian Century 24

2 The Middle Kingdom through Spanish Eyes 67

3 The Quest for Cambodia 110

4 Constructing the Philippines and Contesting the Legacy 129

Conclusion 178

Notes 185

Works Cited 210

Index 227

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