Monday, September 19, 2016

Kim Myongsob and I, Cited by Chih-Yu Shih (Zhiyu Shi) on East Asia . . .

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In chapter 8 ("Justifying non-intervention: East Asian Schools of International Relations") of Civilization, Nation and Modernity in East Asia (2012), Chih-Yu Shih (Zhiyu Shi) briefly cites Kim Myongsob and me (in the underlined, bold-fonted words) within the context of a discussion on international relations (IR) in East Asia:
In fact, the quest for a proper role for one's own nation does not belong exclusively to a rising power. Asian intellectuals aspire for indigenous schools of IR that reflect their historical experiences and implicate plausible international norms for a much wider audience (Acharya and Buzan, 2007). However, the recent call for indigenous schools of IR in Asian communities may backfire for two reasons. The first reason is related to the epistemological limitation. The quest for an indigenous school of IR in East Asian communities has its origin in the English School, which conceives IR as a 'society' as opposed to a 'system' in the American IR literature (Little, 2000). For other indigenous schools of IR, the task is to demonstrate that there are different kinds of societal norms other than English anarchy or natural law such as the Chinese all-under-heaven (Zhao T., 2009; Shih, 1990), Japanese Asianism (Mori and Hirano, 2007; Iriye, 1997a), Indian subaltern sensibility and non-alignment (Chatterjee, 1993; Nandy, 1994), Korean civilizational in-betweenness (Kim and Hodges, 2006; 2005), the ASEAN way (Haccke, 2005), and Taiwanese non-sovereign agency (Ling, Hwang and Chen, 2010; Chen C., 2009), etc. However different these societal norms may appear, they reinforce the English School ontology that international relations are not scientific systems or context-free patterns independent from their spatio-temporal settings and hence are epistemologically European in origin.
That's on page 141. The bibliographical entry is on page 223, and to my surprise, I find two items:
Kim, Myongsob and Horace Jeffery Hodges. 2006. 'Korea as a Clashpoint of Civilizations'. Korea Observer 37, 3 (Autumn): 513–545.
Kim, Myongsob and Horace Jeffery Hodges, 2005. 'On Huntington's Civilizational Paradigm: A Reappraisal'. Issues and Studies 41, 2 (June): 217-248.
Most of my scholarly collaborations with Kim Myongsob drew upon the civilizational theory of Samuel Huntington.That's another interest of mine. From the various citations shown over the past several days, I suspect that readers can see why I do, in fact, merit the label "Gypsy Scholar," for I wander hither and yon in search of knowledge.

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