How to think from East Asia? Reflections on the scholarship of Takeuchi Yoshimi, Mizoguchi Yūzō, and Koyasu Nobukuni

Kun Chiang Chang*

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Abstract

This paper attempts at a discussion of the methodological debates over "East Asia" and "Sinology" studies among Takeuchi Yoshimi (1910-1977), Mizoguchi Yūzō (1932-), and Koyasu Nobukuni (1933-). To offset Occidental influence, Takeuchi Yoshimi sought after an Asia Pattern built on the "East Asian homogeneity." Denying his own tradition, with this homogeneity he constructed a new, independent "Asian subjectivity." With a complex feeling of love and guilt toward China, Takeuchi Yoshimi developed a methodology which might be called "Chinese Sinology." On the contrary, Mizoguchi Yūzō took a different route recognizing "East Asian heterogeneity," namely, China as China; Japan as Japan. He reflected upon both pre-war and post-war Japanese Sinology and proposed a new theory of "China as method; the world as the end." His methodology pursued to transcend "China-centered Sinology." Koyasu Nobukuni, in spite of his agreement with Takeuchi Yoshimi, refused to locate China on the center of East Asia. Rather, Koyasu employed a historical critical approach toward "East Asia" rejecting any principle or doctrine that tries to "embody" East Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-288
Number of pages30
JournalTaiwan Journal of East Asian Studies
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • East Asia
  • Koyasu Nobukuni
  • Mizoguchi Yūzō
  • Sinology
  • Takeuchi Yoshimi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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