By Edited by Edwina Palmer University of Canterbury

To what quantity are our futures prone to be made up our minds by way of our traditions from the earlier? "Asian Futures, Asian Traditions" is a set of convention papers by way of students of Asian experiences, who discover the subjects of continuity and alter in Asian societies via essays in heritage, politics, gender reports, language, literature, movie, functionality and song. habitual one of the topics of the ebook are the discovery and reinvention of culture, nostalgia, problems with nationwide and ethnic id, colonial history, nationalism, reform, and the consequences of globalizing economies. either the facility and the precariousness of numerous Asian economies are printed in stories of the Asian monetary quandary of the overdue Nineteen Nineties and the conversion of a few communist states to industry socialism. "

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The latter was literate and historical, a world of nations and emperors, imperial courtiers and bureaucrats, monks and scholars, a recognizably modern world which, because it now included T'ang dynasty China, included the most sophisticated art, science, med­ icine, technology and philosophy found anywhere on earth at that time. This was a massive transformation, a transformation more meaningfully from 'ancient' to 'modern' than even the transformation Japan under­ went in the late nineteenth century.

We are accustomed to thinking of Japan as an 'advanced' modern or post-modern nation, a 'first-world' country at the cutting edge of high-tech global capitalism, and thus it is hard for us to believe that its political leaders subscribe to such a 'primitive' way of thought. And, of course, it is entirely possible The Koj iki as Japan 's National Narrative 25 that Mori, as the comment by the secretary general of his party suggests, was merely paying lip-service to a belief system still venerated by a sig­ nificant portion of his electorate - as an American politician might nod in the direction of Christian fundamentalists .

41 Along with this, the concept of furusato-zukuri seems to have been drawn far more comprehensively into regional, rural and town planning than in most other countries. From 1 984, furusato-zukuri was taken up at the official national governmental level by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as a motif to guide the future of Japan's policy-making. It was sym­ bolic of an expressed change of emphasis away from single-minded eco­ nomic growth towards a more 'balanced' and holistic national growth.

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