Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, also known as the Movements project, is a transborder collective undertaking to confront Inter-Asia cultural politics.
The politico-economic transformations across the region in the Post Cold War era have engendered both new social movements and critical cultural studies as forces of decolonization. These forces have given rise to alternative modes of knowledge production, and yet no adequate means exists for the circulation of intellectual work and for interaction among critical intellectuals.
It is at such a pivotal conjuncture that Inter-Asia Cultural Studies has emerged as part of a movement for the ongoing construction and reconstruction of critical Inter-Asia subjectivities. It gives a long overdue voice to the intellectual communities in the region and recognizes its own existence as an attempt to continue critical lines of practices. The journal’s aim is to shift existing sites of identiﬁcation and multiply alternative frames of reference: it is committed to publishing work not only out of “Asia” but also other coordinates such as the “third world.” Its political agenda is to move across: state/national/sub-regional divisions, scholarship and activism, modalities/forms of knowledge, and rigid identity politics of any form. These movements actively engage with local cultural politics within an ever-changing international environment, where politics is increasingly operating in the sphere of culture, under the dictates of a global cultural industry, mediated by new electronic and information technologies, and shaped by different forms of representation – visual, virtual, ﬁnancial. This new situation has brought political economy, culture and politics together in different ways, and forced us to create new ways of thinking and acting. For this reason the project is more interested in generating new questions or ﬁnding ways of asking questions differently, than providing ﬁxed answers.
Toward these ends, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies will serve as a link between critical intellectual groupings; we are actively building connections with journals and groups in different locales.
Kuan-Hsing Chen and Chua Beng HuatInter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movements Vol. 22 No. 3 September 2021
Table of Contents
Academic freedom, decolonization and the state in Africa
J. O. AROWOSEGBE
Battleship Island and the transnational dynamics of cultural memory between South Korea and Japan
Yoojin CHOI and Rumi SAKAMOTO
Between subjects, between mediums: an artist’s sketch of an activist’s life
Rethinking the DMZ as the commons: the affective possibilities of the DMZ
Sinophone meets Siamophone: audio-visual intersubjectivity and pirated ethnicity in Midi Z’s Poor Folk and The Road to Mandalay
Unifier: that is who I am acceptance speech on behalf of the Simsan Award
Paik Ki-wan: writer of a national foundation epic
Paik Ki-wan’s ideas on national minjung revolution and their significance
The life and death of Paik Ki-wan, the lyricist of “March for the beloved” and legendary figure of the struggle for democracy in Korea
Third world links
Economy as literature’s other: on the economic thoughts of Hu Qiuyuan and Park Hyun-chae