Diasporic Chinese Ventures: The Life and Work of Wang Gungwu (Chinese Worlds)
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This collection of essays by and about Wang Gungwu brings together some of Wang's most recent and representative writing about the ethnic Chinese outside China giving the reader a deeper understanding of his views on migration, identity, nationalism and culture, all key issues in modern Asia's transformation. The book collects interviews, speeches and essays that illustrate the development and direction of Wang's scholarship on ethnic and diasporic Chinese.
comparable with Wang Gungwu. There’s plenty of time later on for the historical blockbuster. Notes 1 Originally published in the Asian Studies Association of Australia Review, vol. 10, no. 1, 1986. 2 Stephen FitzGerald (1938– ) received his PhD from the Australian National University. He was Australia’s ﬁrst Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (1973–1976) and was concurrently Ambassador to North Korea. He was the founding editor of the Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs (1979–1986)
records of neighbouring peoples and polities, not least their descriptions of imperial China next door, and also the study of those tra76 NETWORKS AND STRUCTURES IN ASIA ditions of Confucianism which their respective governments had adopted and modiﬁed. The range of Arab and Persian studies of their trading partners in eastern Asia, especially those ports of India, Southeast Asia and China, was also very impressive. Signiﬁcantly, unlike in China, these studies were largely by merchants and not
led a new generation of Chinese leaders to adopt communism, an alternative but equally alien ideology, as the true path to modernity. This did not free them from external threats. Their desire for independence and sovereignty gained them the enmity of the Soviet Union, and this forced them to turn to the 107 WANG GUNGWU United States and ultimately to revise their views about capitalism itself (Shambaugh 1991: 294–300). But, with the long backdrop of Chinese history in mind, it could be said
being fully taken up in any country today is slim. The background for the secular values on offer in Asia remains that of a choice between hard and soft secularism. Nevertheless, the choice must be made within the context of different underlying ideas of the secular. The major ideas about what constitutes the secular in Asia today come from three distinct sources. The ﬁrst was the separation of Church and State in the Christian West; the second emerged from the need to establish a modern state in
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