The tigers are roaring“Asia’s New Century” by Iwanami Shoten is an ambitious collection of writing in eight volumes.
The book has pieces by important intellectuals and writers in Japan who address themes of space, history, identity, happiness, the market, media, power and construction all in an attempt to redefine awareness about Asia. The book is already considered a major text among progressive academics in Japan.
The Korean translation of the book is a significant event, considering that Korea is beginning to raise issues about its place in Asia and how to build networks in the region and develop relationships with other Asian countries as it redefines its role in the world.
The book doesn’t simply dig into Asian phenomenon for the purpose of abstract regional research. Instead it gives a rare opportunity to look at the region from “a trans-Asian” or “inter-Asian” point of view.
The questions include: How have poverty and ethnic disputes in Asia developed since the Cold War? How will Asia position itself in relation to the American hegemony? Where is the 21st century heading after the dramatic rise of China in the 1990s and the empowering of Islamic nations in Asia?
Based on these issues, Asia’s New Century attempts to analyze ways in which Asia will develop while trying to predict its future philosophy and values. By Park Soo-mee
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