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Beyond Borders: East Asian Models of Regional Identity and Organization in a Globalized World

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This paper will begin with an examination of the history of geographically construed national and regional identities (e.g. based on a clearly defined physical location, and based on contiguous proximity), particularly as they have developed in East Asia. These historical models will be compared to other components of contemporary globalized identity, where physical proximity is much less relevant (e.g. economic, social, even military contacts can directly link distant communities, regardless of who/what might geographically be in between). The comparative analysis will first address the issue on the global historical scale, then focus in on modern East Asia as a case study. It will explore how these modern elements of globalization are compatible with, or incompatible with, national and regional identities constructed around strictly physical geographical reckoning. It will conclude by suggesting alternate models of globalism and regionalism that fully account for alternate conceptions of contemporary international relations (e.g. China’s concept of “harmonious regionalism”).

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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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Author Information: Brett McCormick is the Director of Global Studies at the University of New Haven. He received his B.A. in Asian Studies at the State University of Stony Brook, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History at Cornell University. His publications and research interests have included the fields of early modern Chinese and Japanese intellectual history and political philosophy, contemporary East Asian diplomatic and security relations, and particular focus on China-Japan relations.

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