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By William Callahan

This text examines the politics of tradition and the tradition of politics in Pacific Asia via case reports at the South Pacific, China, South Korea, Thailand and Southeast Asia. The contexts and cultures of the chapters are wide-ranging and Callahan skilfully ties them including the target of interpreting the relation among the state’s cultural governance and resistance to it.

The topics coated include:

  • governmentality and cultural construction
  • popular tradition and resistance
  • East/West kin
  • gender, identification and democracy
  • civil society, social pursuits and democracy
  • national and transnational id construction.

Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia addresses the dynamics among Asian reviews and cultural experiences, and the overlap among comparative politics and diplomacy, and as such will attract scholars and students of Asian reviews, cultural stories, comparative politics, sociology and anthropology alike.

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Using the concept of cultural governance, the chapter will shift from examining how the state uses technologies to restrict the flow of information, to consider how cultural technologies produce a range of hegemonic images and thus produce discursive power. For example, although the Chinese party-state is notorious for censoring independent voices, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is one of the largest employers of artists in China, if not the world. 4 22 Culture, the military and the “South Pacific” This chapter will explore the politics of the culture/technology dynamic through an examination of how the US Army exerts its power not just with guns on the battlefield, but also through the productive use of symbolic power.

In testimony at hearings for the extension and modification of the JACADS EIS in 1997 an activist from the American Friends Service Committee recalled that: Many of us around the Pacific have been opposed to using the Pacific to experiment with chemical weapons incineration in the first place. The use of the Pacific in this manner by the US government and military was and is continuing to be a clear case of environmental racism. ” While this may seem a rhetorical question in Washington or Bonn, in Honolulu it was seen as a question of survival.

As the EPA commented after final approval for the revised plan in 2002: “Several changes have been made to the Closure Plan, thanks to those of you who have sent comments to the EPA. ”58 Still, in many ways it was a privilege even to air concerns about JACADS. Public hearings were only held in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, excluding input by other affected Pacific Islanders. Remembering the nuclear imperialism of the 312 American, French and British tests in the Pacific between 1946 and 1996,59 Pacific Islanders unanimously opposed the JACADS project.

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