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By Ien Ang

ISBN-10: 0415259126

ISBN-13: 9780415259125

ISBN-10: 0415259134

ISBN-13: 9780415259132

during this significant new ebook, top cultural philosopher Ien Ang engages with pressing questions of identification in an age of globalisation and diaspora. the start line for Ang's dialogue is the event of traveling Taiwan. Ang, someone of chinese language descent, born in Indonesia and raised within the Netherlands, came upon herself "faced with a virtually insurmountable hassle" - surrounded by means of those that anticipated her to talk to them in chinese language. She writes: "It used to be the start of a virtually decade-long engagement with the predicaments of `Chineseness' in diaspora. In Taiwan i used to be diverse simply because i could not converse chinese language; within the West i used to be assorted simply because I regarded Chinese". From this autobiographical starting, Ang is going directly to mirror upon tensions among `Asia' and `the West' at a countrywide and international point, and to contemplate the disparate meanings of `Chineseness' within the modern international. She deals a critique of the more and more competitive development of a world Chineseness, and demanding situations Western trends to equate `Chinese' with `Asian' id. Ang then turns to `the West', exploring the anomaly of Australia's identification as a `Western' nation within the Asian sector, and tracing Australia's uneasy dating with its Asian neighbours, from the White Australia coverage to modern multicultural society. eventually, Ang attracts jointly her dialogue of `Asia' and `the West' to contemplate the social and highbrow area of the `in-between', arguing for a theorising now not of `difference' yet of `togetherness' in modern societies.

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