The Trans-Pacific Imagination: Rethinking Boundary, Culture and Society (BOK)
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This anthology critically re-examines and re-articulates the discursive boundary that binds the region called East Asia in order to produce Trans-Pacific studies. Recognizing that the creation of regional boundaries depends on a new configuration of both inter- and intra-national power relations and the ideological constructs that generate historical, ideological, and cultural effects, this volume proposes that the term "Trans-Pacific" be mobilized to complicate the phrase "East Asian" as the boundary of academic discipline and socio-cultural discourse. The anthology also examines the historical conditions under which "East Asia" was constructed as an area and the Trans-Pacific directives that nurtured the sense of nationality in each component nation of East Asia.