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Siting Postcoloniality: Critical Perspectives from the East Asian Sinosphere (Sinotheory)

Siting Postcoloniality: Critical Perspectives from the East Asian Sinosphere (Sinotheory)

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Publication Date: December 9th, 2022
Duke University Press
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The contributors to Siting Postcoloniality reevaluate the notion of the postcolonial by focusing on the Sinosphere--the region of East and Southeast Asia that has been significantly shaped by relations with China throughout history. Pointing out that the history of imperialism in China and Southeast Asia is longer and more complex than Euro-American imperialism, the contributors complicate the traditional postcolonial binaries of center-periphery, colonizer-colonized, and developed-developing. Among other topics, they examine socialist China's attempts to break with Soviet cultural hegemony; the postcoloniality of Taiwan as it negotiates the legacy of Japanese colonial rule; Southeast Asian and South Asian diasporic experiences of colonialism; and Hong Kong's complex colonial experiences under the British, the Japanese, and mainland China. The contributors show how postcolonial theory's central concepts cannot adequately explain colonialism in the Sinosphere. Challenging fundamental axioms of postcolonial studies, this volume forcefully suggests that postcolonial theory needs to be rethought.

Contributors. Pheng Cheah, Dai Jinhua, Caroline S. Hau, Elaine Yee Lin Ho, Wendy Larson, Liao Ping-hui, Lin Pei-yin, Lo Kwai-Cheung, Lui Tai-lok, Pang Laikwan, Lisa Rofel, David Der-wei Wang, Erebus Wong, Robert J. C. Young.

About the Author

Pheng Cheah is Professor of Rhetoric and Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of What Is a World? On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature, also published by Duke University Press. Caroline S. Hau is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University and author of The Chinese Question: Ethnicity, Nation, and Region in and beyond the Philippines.