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Cultural Memory and Postmodernism: A Pedagogical Note on Asian Studies

Traditional historical approaches to the study of Asia, or to parts of Asia, have become increasingly problematic.1 To the long-standing questions that all Asianists face —How can I bring life to what are often for students quiet alien cultural forms? — has been added a cluster of new ones. How can I help students begin to understand the constructed nature of all knowledge, including that of Asia? How can I get the important but often abstruse matters of power, gender, and class into the alr...