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Arise, Asia!: Respond to White Peril

 
Niraj Kamal (Author)
Synopsis Millenarian change brings about a time warp, and scum from the past resurfaces. As the second millennium rang to a close, every literature began ‘pastizing’ grand theories. We heard of end of history, end of modernity, end of author, end of geography. A bizarre endless end seemed to have engulfed the world of academics. Francis Fukuyama theorized that totalitarianism was dying, that democracy was the future. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, in contrast, plumped for a surprise return of totalitarianism. Samuel P. Huntington, the expert on ‘political decay’, adduced civilizational ruptures in Asia. A.G. Frank censured this as continuation of Eurocentrism: western alarm bells being sounded against new bogeymen, Islam and China—the yellow peril once again. Benjamin Barber detected a globalizing centripetal ‘McWorld’ tendency counterposed to antagonizing, centrifugal, jihad tendencies. The orient/occident dyad goes back even to the Greek period. The crusades were, in a way, a reaction to oriental onslaught. Anthropologists encouraged the notion that contemporary backward societies represented human beings arrested at an earlier stage of evolution. To conquer and brutalize the world was an exceptional superiority of the westerner’s civilization. Racism and pan-Asianism soon collided in world politics, leading to the upheaval of the 1930s. Japan, which had emerged strong, unbalancing the western balance-of-power system, and was expelling ‘hakka’ (white peril) from imperial outposts in Asia, had to be taught a lesson without mercy: atom bombs were used the only time in history against an Asian country. The western powers also move multiple simulacra, like the state of Israel and apartheid, to keep the awakened orient at bay. Apartheid in Southern Africa imparted the message that the rest of the West was no more racist. The Soviet Union merely became a sub-hegemonic partner of USA and checked the sedimentation of oriental unity by hijacking the ‘East’.
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A Reviewer - Long Live Asia!Kudos to Asianism! Jan, 01, 1970
 

The book is amajor contributins towards ongoing Asian reflexivity. Two models of geopolitical convulsions are taking place in Eurasia-Atlanticism and Eurasianism. To defend Asia against neo-imperial onslaught, Asianism in the need of the hour. But, to deforge any chance of Asiahood, a strategic calculus is being devised from Moscow to Washington in following ways-generate clash between Hindu and Islamic revivalism to create a wider anti-China coalition of India, Hapan, Australia, S.Korea, Philipines, Vietnam, to pay off Iran against Turkey and Saudi Arabia. If we don"t understand and respond to this subtle game today, future generation will not forgive us for our Latin Americanization. "Arise Asia" is a clarion call to Asian leaders and readers to shed shibboleths and came together to create a geopolitical block. If geographical discongruence and cognitive dissonance doesn"t came in the way of pursuit of Atlanticism, !Asianism! cannot be relegated to marginality by evoking a pejorative sense. Asianism is not a metaphor. It is a feeling that pulsates rhythmically among Asians since 19th century. This book has delved elaborately into the relevance and possibility of Asianism, historical roots of the ideology and its future. This book brings nemesis to half-baked ideas of Huntingtons, Fukuyamas and Brzezinskis. A must read for every Asian during this ugly imperial times. Long Live Asia! Long Live Asianism!

Bibliographic information

Title Arise, Asia!: Respond to White Peril
Author Niraj Kamal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Wordsmiths
Language: English
isbn 8187412089
length x+414p., Maps; Tables; 23cm.