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Sites of Asian Interaction
Ideas, Networks and Mobility


Tim Harper, Sunil Amrith, Jacqueline H. Fewkes, Chua Ai Lin, Kirsty Walker, Ronit Ricci, Sumit K. Mandal, Lâle Can, Carolien Stolte, Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem
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  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107082083

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  • A focus on the sites of Asian interaction enables this volume to shed new light on the growing field of diaspora studies. Research on Asia's many diasporas has enriched the older literature on migration to illuminate the links of kinship, affect, trade, and information that connect locations across Asia, and beyond. But where many recent works on particular diasporas have tended to look inwards - at how distinctive diasporic cultures maintained a sense of 'home' while abroad - the volume's focus has been on how different diasporas have come into contact with each other in particular places, often for the first time. It also engages with research in the fields of urban studies and urban history. The articles develop the already rich historical literature on port cities across Asia – the quintessential sites of Asian cosmopolitanism – as well as more recent work on the 'moving metropolises' and 'mobile cities' of contemporary Asia.

    • Sheds new light on the history of political and religious globalisation in modern Asia
    • Illuminates how ideas travelled across Asia, and how they changed in the process
    • Examines the history of ideas as they are embodied in social and cultural practices
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    '… this book is a welcome addition to the scarce literature on transnational interactions within Asia.' Prabuddha Bharata

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107082083
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Tim Harper and Sunil S. Amrith
    1. Singapore, 1915, and the birth of the Asian underground Tim Harper
    2. Living in the material world: cosmopolitanism and trade in early twentieth century Ladakh Jacqueline H. Fewkes
    3. Nation, race, and language: discussing transnational identities in colonial Singapore, circa 1930 Chua Ai Lin
    4. Intimate interactions: Eurasian family histories in colonial Penang Kirsty Walker
    5. Citing as a site: translation and circulation in Muslim South and Southeast Asia Ronit Ricci
    6. Popular sites of prayer, transoceanic migration, and cultural diversity: exploring the significance of keramat in Southeast Asia Sumit K. Mandal
    7. Connecting people: a Central Asian Sufi network in turn-of-the-century Istanbul Lâle Can
    8. 'Enough of the Great Napoleons!' Raja Mahendra Pratap's Pan-Asian projects (1929–39) Carolien Stolte
    9. Chinatowns and borderlands: inter-Asian encounters in the diaspora Evelyn Hu-Dehart
    10. Creating spaces for Asian interaction through the anti-globalization campaigns in the region Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem

  • Editors

    Tim Harper, University of Cambridge
    Tim Harper is Reader in Southeast Asian and Imperial History at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

    Sunil Amrith, Birkbeck, University of London
    Sunil Amrith is Reader in Modern Asian History at Birkbeck, University of London.


    Tim Harper, Sunil Amrith, Jacqueline H. Fewkes, Chua Ai Lin, Kirsty Walker, Ronit Ricci, Sumit K. Mandal, Lâle Can, Carolien Stolte, Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem

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