Neo-regionalism and neoliberal Asia

Authored by: Leo T.S. Ching

Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138026001
eBook ISBN: 9781315774626
Adobe ISBN: 9781317684985

10.4324/9781315774626.ch4

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Abstract

Asian regionalism has been predominantly a Japanese-led discourse, strategy, and ideology throughout the region’s modern/colonial history. Asianism’s condition of possibility is inseparable from the history of Western and Japanese imperialism and colonialism. To be more precise, Japan’s evocation of regional solidarity is a response to the real and perceived threat of Western aggression and the justification of its own empire-building in Asia. Any discussion of regionalism cannot escape the West-Japan-Asia triad (Ching 2009). The relative lack of Japanese discourse on Asian regionalism today suggests two possible interpretations: that the West is no longer a threat and that the balance of power has shifted in the region.1

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