The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute: Islands between two nations—territory and legitimacy in Sino-Japanese nationalisms

Written by: Charlotte Bascaule Although the territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has been emphasized as a matter of ‘cold politics, hot economics’, the enduring mistrust and risk of escalation between China and Japan stem precisely from the symbolic and historical nature of the controversy. In the past decades, both China and Japan have appeared […]

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Revisiting the Gross National Cool: Layers of Self and Other since prewar Japan

Living in London now, in an environment where Asian (and in this case East Asian) culture is peripheral, I am hungry to see or hear representations of almost any kind, and am unbothered in my rampant consumption of Japanese cultural products. But growing up in Singapore as an ethnic Chinese, I felt conflicted about the widespread popularity of Japanese films and books.