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Remaking Area Studies: Teaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific
272pp. April 2010
Remaking Area Studies: Teaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific
Editor: Wesley-Smith, Terence; Goss, Jon;
This collection identifies the challenges facing area studies as an organized intellectual project in this era of globalization, focusing in particular on conceptual issues and implications for pedagogical practice in Asia and the Pacific. The crisis in area studies is widely acknowledged; various prescriptions for solutions have been forthcoming, but few have also pursued practical applications of critical ideas for both teachers and students. Remaking Area Studies not only makes the case for more culturally sensitive and empowering forms of area studies, but indicates how these ideas can be translated into effective student-centered learning practices through the establishment of interactive regional learning communities.

This pathbreaking work features original contributions from leading theorists of globalization and critics of area studies as practiced in the U.S. Essays in the first part of the book problematize the accepted categories of traditional area-making practices. Taken together, they provide an alternative conceptual framework for area studies that informs the subsequent contributions on pedagogical practices. To incorporate critical perspectives from the "areas studied," chapters examine the development of area studies programs in Japan and the Pacific Islands. Not surprisingly, given the lessons learned from critical examinations of area studies in the U.S., there are competing, state, institutional, and intellectual perspectives involved in each of these contexts that need to be taken into account before embarking on an interactive and collaborative area studies across Pacific Asia.

Finally, area studies practitioners reflect on their experiences developing and teaching interactive, web-based courses linking classrooms in six universities located in Hawai‘i, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, and Fiji. These collaborative on-line teaching and learning initiatives were designed specifically to address some of the conceptual and theoretical concerns associated with the production and dissemination of contemporary area studies knowledge. Multiauthored chapters draw useful lessons for international collaborative learning in an era of globalization, both in terms of their successes and occasional failures.

Uniquely combining theoretical, institutional, and practical perspectives across the Asia Pacific region, Remaking Area Studies contributes to a rethinking and reinvigorating of regional approaches to knowledge formation in higher education.

Contributors: Conrado Balabat, Lonny Carlile, T. C. Chang, Hezekiah A. Concepcion, Arif Dirlik, Jeremy Eades, Gerard Finin, Jon Goss, Peter Hempenstall, Lily Kong, Lisa Law, Martin W. Lewis, Robert Nicole, Neil Smith, Teresia Teaiwa, Ricardo Trimillos, Christine Yano, Terence Wesley-Smith.

Published in association with the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i
“Very well written with excellent editorial introductions to the volume as a whole and to each part, [this] collection will appeal to specialists in area studies and the disciplines comprising them (primarily the social sciences and the humanities.” —International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (57, summer 2011)
Editor: Wesley-Smith, Terence; Goss, Jon;
Terence Wesley-Smith is associate professor and graduate chair at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i. Jon Goss is professor of geography and director of the Honors Program at the University of Hawai‘i.
Read the introduction (PDF).
Introduction: Remaking Area Studies/Jon Goss and Terence Wesley-Smith 

Part One: Reshaping Area Studies in an Era of Globalization 
1. Asia Pacific Studies in an Age of Global Modernity/Arif Dirlik 
2. Remapping Area Knowledge: Beyond Global/Local/Neil Smith 
3. Locating Asia Pacific: The Politics and Practice of Global Division/Martin W. Lewis 

Part Two: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific 
4. The Evolution of “Area Studies” in Japan: The Impact of Global Context and Institutional Setting/Lonny E. Carlile 
5. The Development of Asia Pacific Studies: A Case Study of Internationalization in Japanese Higher Education/Jeremy Eades 
6. For or Before an Asia Pacific Studies Agenda? Specifying Pacific Studies/Teresia K. Teaiwa 
7. Institutional Collaborations: People, Politics, Policy/Lily Kong 

Part Three: Asia Pacific Learning Communities 
8. Traveling Cultures: Tourism and the Virtual Classroom in Hawai‘i and Singapore/T. C. Chang, Jon Goss, and Christine R. Yano 
9. Chinatown and the Virtual Classroom in Singapore and Hawai‘i/Lisa Law and Jon Goss 
10. Salaam Manoa, Aloha Mindanao: Creating a Student-Centered, Real-Time, Virtual Classroom/Conrado Balatbat, Hezekiah Concepcion, Gerard Finin, and Ricardo Trimillos 
11. E-Learning and the Remaking of Pacific Studies: An Evolutionary Tale/Peter Hempenstall, Robert Nicole, and Terence Wesley-Smith

Epilogue: Remaking Asia Pacific Studies/Ricardo Trimillos
About the Contributors