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Volume 3 No. 2, December 2005





Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
The University of Auckland
In this edition contributors have addressed the theme of 'Hegemony and Resistance in the Asia-Pacific'. Individual and community experience in the Asia-Pacific region is characterised by deep disparities drawn along the lines of class, race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, nationality, and faith. These disparities are the material evidence of continued domination of certain groups by others through a combination of political and ideological means – or hegemony. While the scope of this conceptualisation of hegemony might differ from Gramsci’s original, there is no doubt that his assertion that the exercise of power pervades life from macro- to micro-experience still holds true. Indeed, if we are to glance quickly at our own nations, cities, neighbourhoods or even homes – as some of the contributors to this edition do – then the exercise of hegemonic power will become only too apparent. Concomitantly, power, in the Foucaultian sense, is never a zero-sum game. Instead, power is always contingent, always in the making, never complete and always subject to contestation and resistance. Moreover, because hegemonic power pervades all aspects of our lives, the opportunities to resist it or at least contest its meanings are also ever present. The contributions in this issue offer different approaches to understanding hegemony and resistance in the Asia-Pacific region. Ranging from everyday experience to institutional politics and from consumption to security, they each remind us of the continued centrality of questions of power to an understanding of the Asia-Pacific region and indeed the world.

Volume 3 No. 2, December 2005: Hegemony and Resistance in the Asia-Pacific Complete Journal, Contents, Editorial

Visual Essay
Tevita Havea, 'Push and Pull'

Creative Writing
Tonglu Li, 'The Final Confession of Mistress Wang'

Elena Kolesova, 'Struggle From the Margins: Hokkaido Popular Education Movement in the Towering Shadow of the Japanese Examination System (1950-1969)'

Athena Nguyen, 'I'm Not a Racist, I Eat Dim Sims!: The Commodification and Consumption of Asianness within White Australia'

Elena Atanassova-Cornelis, 'Japan and the 'Human Security' Debate: History, Norms and Pro-active Foreign Policy'

Visual Essay
Brydee Rood, 'Habitat' - with an interview by Winsome Wild

Kathy Ooi, review of Histories, Cultures, Identities: studies in Malaysian Chinese Worlds

Margaret Barnhill Bodemer, review of Imagined Ancestries of Vietnamese Communism: Ton Duc Thang and the Politics of History and Memory

Tim Neale, review of Kafka on the Shore

Chris Payne, review of The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film and The Japan Journals 1947-2004



Source: Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies