Japan’s core weltanschauung, “Asian Studies”, as keywords in Japanese philosophy during recent development, has an instrumental effect on the establishment of the Nation of Japan. Asian Studies evolved from China Studies after the War. As the military did not have an influence on Japan’s China Studies after the War, it is now an important basis for Japan’s conversation with the rest of the world. This article intends to produce a genealogy of Japan’s Asian Studies to explore the characteristics of the Asian Studies after the war and how they differ from those before the war. There are three core grounds in the genealogy of Japan’s Asian Studies: as a reflection of the nation of Japan; as the ontology of inside and outside dialogues; and as an existence. Asian Studies is not only a product of dialogues between Japan and the West; it is also a product of dialogues between the East and the West. We will be able to understand the interactions between the West and the East through this research paper.
Since the Cultural Revolution, Mainland China has experienced great transitions such as the Reform and the Open Period, the Sino-Vietnam War, and several historical political resolutions. Japan’s China Studies have also experienced several generational changes. Historical documents between Taiwan and China have been published. Scholarly exchanges between China and Japan have also increased, including the possibility of visiting scholars from one to the other. All these have contributed to the transition of Japan’s..
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