Book Announcement: Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region

TransnationalTRANSNATIONAL TRAJECTORIES IN EAST ASIA: NATION, CITIZENSHIP, AND REGION.  Edited byYasemin Nuhoḡlu Soysal.  Routledge 2015, 273 pp. ISBN 978-1-13-881935-1 (paperback due in December 2015)

Since the late twentieth century, East Asia has become increasingly interconnected through trade, investment, migration, and popular culture at regional and global levels. At the same time, the region has seen renewed national assertiveness and nationalist impulses. Transnational Trajectories in East Asia interrogates these seemingly contradictory developments as they bear on the transformations of the nation and citizenship. Conventionally, studies on East Asia juxtapose these developments, focusing on the much-exercised dichotomy of the national and transnational. In contrast, in this book we suggest a different orientation. First, we move beyond the simplistic view that demarcates the transnational as “ the West.”  Second, we do not view the national and transnational as distinct or contradictory spheres of influence and analysis, but rather, focus on the interactions between the two, with a view on how these interactions work to transform the ideals and practices of the “good nation,” “good society,” and “ good citizen.”  Our inidividual chapters cover a broad empirical terrain – education, science, immigration, multicultural policy, human rights, gender and youth orientations, art and food flows, politics of values and regional identity – which foreground the ways in which the nation is reconfigured, and the relationship between the citizen and (national) collective is redefined, in relation to transnational dynamics and frameworks.


1. Mapping the Terrain of Transnationalization: Nation, Citizenship, and Region, Yasemin Soysal

Part I: Institutionalized Projects

2. Citizenship as National and Transnational Enterprise: How Education Shapes Regional and Global Relevance, Yasemin Soysal and Suk Ying Wong

3. Synthesizing the “National” and the “Cosmos”: The Case of Life Sciences in China, Joy Yueyue Zhang

4. From Resistance to Attractiveness: The Politics of Values and Regionalism in East Asia, David Leheny

Part II: Mobilities

5. Creative East–West Cosmopolitanism? The Changing Role of International Mobility for Young Japanese Contemporary Artists, Adrian Favell

6. Eating One’s Way to Sophistication: Japanese Food, Transnational Flows and Social Mobility in Hong Kong,Yoshiko Nakano

7. Immigration, Nationhood, and Transnationalization in Industrialized East Asia, John D. Skrentny and Jack Jin Gary Lee

Part III: Imaginaries

8. Single Women and Cosmopolitan Re-imaginings of Gendered Citizenship in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, Lynne Y. Nakano

9. The Changing Transnational Imagery of the “Good Nation” and the Ainu in Japan, Kiyoteru Tsutsui

10. Japan’s Place in the World: Transformations of National Imaginings of Geography, Alexis Dudden

Part IV: Possibilities

11. Generational Shift in a Transnational World: Civic Orientations of Taiwanese Youth, Ly-Yun Chang and Tony Tam

12. Cultural Citizenship and Prospects for Japan as a Multicultural Nation, Koichi Iwabuchi

13. National, Regional, and Global Dynamics in East Asia: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Forces, Mark Selden


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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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