Asian Futures, Asian Traditions by Edited by Edwina Palmer University of Canterbury

By Edited by Edwina Palmer University of Canterbury

To what volume are our futures more likely to be made up our minds by way of our traditions from the earlier? "Asian Futures, Asian Traditions" is a set of convention papers through students of Asian stories, who discover the themes of continuity and alter in Asian societies via essays in historical past, politics, gender experiences, language, literature, movie, functionality and track. habitual one of the issues of the e-book are the discovery and reinvention of culture, nostalgia, problems with nationwide and ethnic identification, colonial history, nationalism, reform, and the results of globalizing economies. either the facility and the precariousness of a number of Asian economies are printed in stories of the Asian financial drawback of the overdue Nineteen Nineties and the conversion of a few communist states to marketplace socialism. "

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Palmer, Edwina, 200 l (b), In the Poo with Japanese Mythology: The Fani-Woka Entry in Harima Fudoki . In: Roy Starrs ( ed) Asian Nationalism in an Age of Globalization, Richmond, Surrey: Japan Library (Curzon Press Ltd), 29 1-305 . Palmer, Edwina, forthcoming, Out of Sundaland: the Provenance of the Jamon Japanese and 'Flood' Myths. , The Emergence offapanese Kingship, Stanford : Stanford University Press, 1 99 7 . Reader, Ian, and Tanabe, George J . , Practically Religious: Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1 998.

It was Japan's fortune as well as its misfortune to come into contact with T'ang dynasty China at this glorious moment in its history, the seventh and eighth centuries, when it was the most brilliant civilization on earth. THE AGE OF THE GODS The first of the three books of the Kojiki proper contains stories of the 'age of the gods' . Some of these seem to have been manufactured by the Yamato court in order to place their principal deity, the sun goddess Amaterasu Om ikami, 7 in an appropriate mythological context: this strand of Book One culminates in the myth recounted in Chapters 32-3 7, which tells how Japan was ceded to the offspring of the heavenly deities, and has been described as 'the central point and the climax of the mythological sections of the Kojiki' .

44 Although, apart from the Allied Occupation after the Second World War, ] a pan was never colonized by a foreign power, this is a dimension to nos­ talgia and the invention and reinvention of tradition that Japan shares in common with many post-colonial societies . 4 5 IMPLICATIONS The above brief and selective survey of some of the literature reaffirms that a great many of the cultural attributes which are assumed to be 'trad­ itional', i . e . , to have been handed down from the distant past, are in fact recent inventions or reinventions.

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