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Yokohama Street Life

Author: Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498511996
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This book is a one-man ethnography that seeks to understand life at the bottom of Japanese society through the personality of day laborer and street-philosopher Kimitsu Nishikawa. Through interviews with Kimitsu, Tom Gill analyzes life in the Yokohama slum district of Kotobuki—a district in which welfare has come to replace labor.

Ethnic Capital In A Japanese Brazilian Commune

Author: Nobuko Adachi
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498544851
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This is a book about the power ethnic capital and how it drives both the economics of, and the quest for identity in, a Japanese Brazilian commune. Adachi tells readers what this small diaspora community can teach us about how life “in the trenches” looks to those on the outskirts of the exploding transnational world economy. This book explores the various strategies locals use to compete with others with whom they are linked locally, nationally, and globally. Through the story of Kubo daily life, Adachi offers insights into important aspects of social and linguistic theory, as well as explicating how cross-border relations become more and more intertwined. In a sense, Kubo’s story, with its struggles to maintain its identity—even its survival—in an increasingly globalized world, encapsulates many of the problems now faced by smaller communities around the world, be they diasporic or regionally entrenched, or ethnically, racially, or religiously composed. Adachi explores the motivations for racial and ethnic boundary-making based primarily on values and principles rather than purely physiological features by focusing on Kubo and its marketing of supposedly traditional Japanese cultural values, in spite of the commune being located in the interior of Brazil. To do this she incorporates notions from linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, including problems of language maintenance, the relationships between language and symbolic power, and the intricacies of language and gender. Doing so helps theorize the tensions between hybridity and purity entailed in the complexities of identity dynamics.

Neonationalist Mythology In Postwar Japan

Author: Nariaki Nakazato
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498528368
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This study examines the effect of Radhabinod Pal’s judgment at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, in which he boldly dissented from the majority opinion and held that all Japanese defendants were not guilty. It also explores how historical revisionists have utilized and propagated his judgment in postwar Japanese right-wing politics.

Poetry And Terror

Author: Peter Dale Scott
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498576672
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The book explores, in interview format, issues raised but not fully explored by Scott’s poem Coming to Jakarta on the 1965 Indonesian massacre. In addition, Scott reflects on ways that poetry can serve as a non-violent higher politics, contributing to the evolution of human culture and thus our “second nature.”

Overcoming Ptolemy

Author: Geoffrey C Gunn
ISBN: 1498590144
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Studies on global metageography are enjoying a revival, and in no way is this better referenced than against the geo-world system bequeathed by Claudius Ptolemy almost two thousand years ago. This is all the more important when we consider the longevity of the Ptolemaic construct through and beyond the European age of discovery allowing as well for its eventual revision or refinement. Innovations in navigational science, cartographic representations, and textual description are all called upon to illustrate this theme. With its focus upon the macro-region termed India Extra Gangem, literally the space between India and China, the book unfolds a fourfold agenda. First, it explains the Ptolemaic world system back to classical points of reference as well as to its reception in late medieval Europe from Arabic sources. Second, it tracks the erosion of the Ptolemaic template especially in the light of new empirical data entering Europe from early travel accounts as well as the first voyages of discovery. Third, through selected examples, as with India, Southeast Asia, and China, it seeks to expose textual and cartographic adjustments to the classical models flowing from the scientific revolution. Fourth, through an examination of Jesuit astronomical observations conducted at various points in Asia, it demonstrates how Eurasia was actually measured and sized with respect to its true longitudinal coordinates such had deluded Columbus and even succeeding generations. In short, this work problematizes the creation of geographical knowledge, raises awareness as to the making of region in Asia over long historical time--the Ptolemaic world-in-motion--and, as a more latent agenda, sounds an alert as to the perils of overdetermination in the setting of modern boundaries whether upon land or sea.

Scream From The Shadows

Author: Setsu Shigematsu
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816667586
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The first sustained analysis of the Japanese women's liberation movement of the '70s, with its lessons for contemporary politics

Men Of Uncertainty

Author: Tom Gill
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791448274
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A fascinating exploration of the subculture of Japanese day laborers, whose lives depart radically from the traditions of stability Westerners associate with Japan.

Postindustrial East Asian Cities

Author: Shahid Yusuf
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821366491
Size: 59.48 MB
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Drawing on a wide range of literature and on interviews with firms, this book explores issues of economic growth with a focus on six East Asian cities: Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo. It suggests how policies and institutions can induce and furnish an urban environment that supports innovative activities. A valuable resource for researchers, urban planners, urban geographers, and policy makers interested in East Asia.

City Branding

Author: Keith Dinnie
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230241859
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Focussing specifically on city branding this is an invaluable text as city branding becomes increasingly important across the world and has a direct impact on public and private sector practice