We have just received by snail mail the Newsletter for Research in Chinese Studies, 144 (November 2017), vol. 36, no. 4, a hard copy quarterly published by the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) of Taiwan (The Republic of China). The journal is published in Chinese and subtitled in English.
In this issue: Summary of Research, Researchers of Chinese Studies Scholars, Research Institutes, Conference Reports, News from Academia.
Summary of Research: Lee Li-yung, "Cultivating Taiwan: Reflections on Agricultural Research in Taiwan, 2013-2015"; Chiang Chu Shan, "Cultural Turn and a Global Vision: Reconsidering Recent Decades of Research on the History of Medicine Treatment in Taiwan"; Kelvin Yu-hin Ho, "Slowly Revealed Splendor: Continued Research on Men's Studies from Chinese Historical Perspectives.
The Wall Street Journal, which ran an editorial on August 29 entitled "Nuclear Missile over Tokyo; Accepting a nuclear North Korea probably means a nuclear Japan," published again an article related to Japanese nuclear possession on September 4, which was contributed by a renowned scholar.
According to the article, White House staffs are split on Japanese nuclear possession, and President Trump himself might see a nuclear Japan "not as a defeat, but as a victory of U.S. foreign policy." Furthermore, the author analyzes that North Korean nuclear and missile tests will lead to the internal division in the American administration, and "The allegedly crazy Kim regime has managed to put the U.S. in a tight corner."
We have received by snail mail the Songkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 17, no. 1 (Apr. 2017), a refereed multi-disciplinary publication on East Asian Studies in English published by the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
This issue includes: Articles: "Tanaka Kotaro, Korea, and the Natural Law", by Kevin M. Doak; "An Analysis of Korean Intellectual Responses to the Exhibitions of Koreans at Japanese Expositions..", by Hyeokhui Kwon; "Negotiating for Modern Education: The Politics behind the Curriculum..", by Fei Chen; "A Scholar-Soldier in Mourning Robes...", by Christina Han. Review Essay: "The Dynamics of Elite Domination in Early Modern Korea", by Javier Cha. Book Reviews
The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has just published the AJISS-Commentary No. 243, "The Rise of Protectionism and Japan' s Trade Policy", by Shujiro Urata, Professor of International Economics at Graduate School Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University.
Protectionism is on the rise worldwide. [Trump's protectionist policy is one such example.] Unless rising protectionism is stopped and reversed, the world economy will shrink, resulting in military conflict or other disastrous consequences.
- The TPP will not now be realized because of Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the TPP. Japan needs to contribute to the conclusion of other mega-FTAs such as the TPP-US, the RCEP and the Japan-EU FTA by cooperating with like-minded countries. - If the US approaches Japan for a bilateral FTA, Japan should accept this on several conditions, one being that a bilateral FTA would be a steppingstone to a mega-FTA such as the TPP.
We have received by snail mail the Songkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 16, no. 2 (Oct. 2016), a refereed multi-disciplinary publication on East Asian Studies in English published by the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
This issue includes: Articles: "Theorizing "Person" in Confucian Ethics: A Good Place to Start" by Roger T. Ames; "A Tang-Dynasty Manual Governance and the East Asian Vernaculars" by Peter Kornicki; "The Sacrifices of Youth: Historical Feature Films on South Korea's.." by Kyung Moon Hwang; "Multi-Discursive Ethnography and the Re-Narration of Chinese Heritage..." by Song Hou, Zongjie Wu, and Huimei Liu; "The Practice and Recording of Censorship in Colonial Korea: A Critical Review..." by Minju Lee and Keunsik Jung. Book Reviews
We have just received the International Edition of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, vol. 26 / August 2016, which is published by the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, Academy of East Asian of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU - Seoul, Korea). It includes English and Korean papers.
Content: Articles; Appendix
Articles: LUO Ying, "The Jesuits' Latin Translations of the Zhongyong..", KIM Hak Ze, "Li Zhi's Religious Syncretism, or Sanjiao heyi..", GO Jaesuk, "Alternative Forms of Capitalism Supported by the Lunyu..", JIA Zhenzhen, "Time: A Unique Perspective on the Relationship between Heaven..", PARK So Jeong, " Philosophing Jigi of Donghak as an Experienced..", SHU Dhagang, "The Different Sets of Confucian Classics and the Ruzang Shuxue..", MA Jun, "Zhongdao (Middle Path) and Fortune in the Yijing..", LEE Hsing-Ling, "Kongzi's Approach to Social and Reclusive Lifestyles", TANG Minghui, "A Study of Chen Chun's Annotations of the Lunyu", CHOI Byeonggyu, "A Study of the Literary Value and Confucian Spirit of Inkstone".
The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has just published the AJISS-Commentary No. 217: "Prime Minister Abe’ s Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII: The Case for Japan’ s Public Diplomacy" by Akio Watanabe, Vice-Chairman of the Research Institute for Peace and Security and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo.
This is the statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of August 14, 2015.
Commentary by Prof. Akio Watanabe:
- Underlying the Abe Statement is the hope for a future in which the issues now confronting Asia can be overcome in the spirit of conciliation and tolerance.
- The Statement gained the acceptance of many people for the profound remorse expressed toward the number of innocent people who helplessly suffered countless hardships due to Japan's actions, and for the prime minister's adherence to the sincerely pologetic stance taken by his predecessors.
- The ultimate assessment of the Abe Statement will depend on whether it inspires positive feedback.
We have just received by snail mail the Songkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 14, no. 2 (Oct. 2014), a refereed multi-disciplinary publication on East Asian Studies in English published by the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.