Rustom Bharucha

in Another Asia

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195682854
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081585 | DOI:

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This chapter begins by providing some general insights on the conflicting genealogies and epistemologies of Asia and then moves on to concretize the discussion by focusing on Okakura Tenshin's pan-Asianism through a reading of his seminal texts in relation to his curatorial practice. Even as Okakura's Asian ideals are asserted with uncomplicated bravado, one can see how they are submerged in the deceptions of an insufficiently acknowledged, if febrile form of Japanese nationalism. It considers his analogy of the Nation as Museum, described as the Japanese Museum of Asian Civilization. Even if one accepts that Okakura was a nativist and imperialist, this chapter tries to account for the fact that he was intensely loved and admired even by those who had every reason to be alert about the excesses of Empire.

Keywords: Asia; Okakura Tenshin; pan-Asianism; curatorial practice; Japanese nationalism; imperialism

Chapter.  14837 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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