Somebody else's century: East and West in a post-Western world

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Pantheon Books,
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[2010]
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English
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From one of our foremost experts on Asia and its history comes this brilliant dissection of the relationship between East and West.   In three succinct essays, Patrick Smith investigates the East's endeavor to adopt Western technology and all that we consider modern. He underscores a crucial distinction between modernization (the simple emulation of the West) and the true task of "becoming modern." He examines the strategies that three prominent cultures--those of Japan, China, and India--evolved as they encountered materialistic foreign cultures and imported ideas while defending their own traditions. The result, Smith explains, has often been called "doubling"--a division of the self wherein Asians are receptive to Western products and ideas but simultaneously reject these same imports to emphasize the validity of the "unmodern."   Employing an exceptional combination of reflection and reportage, Smith also examines the often troubled relationship Asians have with history as a result of their encounters with the West. Finally, he considers Asia's twenty-first-century attempt to define itself without reference to the West for the first time in modern history. The author foresees a new balance in the East-West dialogue--one in which the East transcends old ideals of nationhood (another Western import). Smith asserts that there are fundamental lessons in Asia's long struggle with the modern: In the twenty-first century, the East will challenge the West just as the West once challenged the East.   This is a book of exceptional significance and extraordinary depth.
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subject_facetChina -- Civilization -- Western influences
East and West
India -- Civilization -- Western influences
Japan -- Civilization -- Western influences
National characteristics, Chinese
National characteristics, East Indian
National characteristics, Japanese
Social change -- China
Social change -- India
Social change -- Japan
title_displaySomebody else's century : East and West in a post-Western world
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East and West
National characteristics, Chinese
National characteristics, East Indian
National characteristics, Japanese
Social change
Western influences