Finding Ourselves an Asian Voice. Christabel, S. P. L. & Joshephine, Y. L. In Kim, S. D., Shin, H. J., Yoon, T., Kim, Y. R., & Hong, J., editors, volume 1, pages 303--309, Gwangju, Korea, October, 2006. The Executive Agency for Culture Cities, The Ministry of Culture & Tourism.
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There has been much academic discourse that analyzes and assimilates the East-West divide. In the global community there is a 'despotic' Western construct (Ang, Stratton) which needs to be decentred (Bennett and Royle), possibly via an exploration of the problem of the absent, stifled or soundless Asian voice. Taking on a postmodernist stance that challenges the ‘logo-centric’, this paper seeks to discover what a type of an imagined Asian voice could be, whether the voice is already present or not, and how to cultivate or develop such a voice. In line with the postmodern, a type of the Asian voice can be conceived as a rhizome (Lim) of discourses generated on Asia. We propose to employ three case studies, both local (Singapore) and international, to ground our research and analysis. We also forward a possibility that what is Asian has predominantly been defined against, and by, the West’s perception of Asia in modernist studies, therefore giving rise to a need to take on a postmodernist point-of-view as a form of counterbalance. Finally, we find the need for our proposed type of an Asian voice to be perceived as a collective in the form of the rhizome because an Asian voice needs to be comparable on scale to the Western construct for there to be any discernible effect.
@inproceedings{kim_finding_2006,
	address = {Gwangju, Korea},
	title = {Finding {Ourselves} an {Asian} {Voice}},
	volume = {1},
	abstract = {There has been much academic discourse that analyzes and assimilates the East-West divide. In the global community there is a 'despotic' Western construct (Ang, Stratton) which needs to be decentred (Bennett and Royle), possibly via an exploration of the problem of the absent, stifled or soundless Asian voice. Taking on a postmodernist stance that challenges the ‘logo-centric’, this paper seeks to discover what a type of an imagined Asian voice could be, whether the voice is already present or not, and how to cultivate or develop such a voice. In line with the postmodern, a type of the Asian voice can be conceived as a rhizome (Lim) of discourses generated on Asia. We propose to employ three case studies, both local (Singapore) and international, to ground our research and analysis. We also forward a possibility that what is Asian has predominantly been defined against, and by, the West’s perception of Asia in modernist studies, therefore giving rise to a need to take on a postmodernist point-of-view as a form of counterbalance. Finally, we find the need for our proposed type of an Asian voice to be perceived as a collective in the form of the rhizome because an Asian voice needs to be comparable on scale to the Western construct for there to be any discernible effect.},
	publisher = {The Executive Agency for Culture Cities, The Ministry of Culture \& Tourism},
	author = {Christabel, Sim Poh Ling and Joshephine, Yang Linqi},
	editor = {Kim, Shin Dong and Shin, Hyun Joon and Yoon, Tae-Jin and Kim, Ye Ran and Hong, Jung-eun},
	month = oct,
	year = {2006},
	pages = {303--309}
}
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