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He emailed me after the meeting: “What most struck me was how similar are Japan and US anthropologies. All ﬁve features that you emphasize as challenges to Japanese anthropology [those summarized in the preceding sections] face us as well and serve as foci of debate. S. anthropologist” (personal correspondence, 25 November 2002). S. anthropologists and perhaps for those in the rest of the world. This might lead us to a kind of “interactive anthropology” at the global level, a position I advocate later.
This situation is sometimes good for the discipline, because we can carry out interdisciplinary research and teaching on the contemporary world in accordance with the complexity of the research topics. But it may also mean that we lose our anthropological identity through diversiﬁcation and research into an increasingly wide range of topics. The Internationalization of the Discipline Anthropology is in principle an international science. 10 Japan now has many students from foreign countries. At the University of Tokyo, approximately 40 percent of the graduate school students are from abroad, mostly from East Asian countries such as China, Korea, and Taiwan.
Furthermore, Japanese universities have recently pursued the international exchange of students much more actively than before. Given this trend, I can propose several possibilities for future cooperation among Asian anthropologists. ” Shifting perceptions of Asia within anthropology could be examined by Japanese and other Asian scholars as a joint project on the history of colonialism in Asia. Japan appeared “Asian” in relation to the West, but it practiced a sort of orientalism toward other Asians during the colonial period.
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