Takeuchi Yoshimi's 1960 'Asia as Method' lecture

Kuan-Hsing Chen

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Takeuchi Yoshimi was a leading thinker in Postwar Japan. The originality of his work has been rediscovered in the past decade. Based on the present author's Asia as Method-toward De-Imperialization (2010) as a point of dialogue, this essay rereads Takeuchi's intuitive formulation of 'Asia as Method' in the 1960 and tries to pinpoint different characteristics of knowledge conditions between now and then. It discovers that the 'Inter-Asia methodology' imagined in Takeuchi's time is still a viable proposition to be implemented today, if we hope to break away with the dominant mode of thought that has been trapped in the colonial structure of academic institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 317-324
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Takeuchi Yoshimi; Asia as method; Inter-Asia methodology; mode of thought

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