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As Asia has develop into extra favourite at the foreign scene in fresh decades—economically, politically, and culturally—the scholarly self-discipline of Asian reports has grown commensurately. yet significant questions stay in regards to the scope of the self-discipline and its objectives. What approximately Asia? either surveys the present nation of the controversy on Asian reports and indicates a number of fruitful instructions for destiny exploration, in particular by using multiregional and interdisciplinary methods.

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My numerous discussions over the last decade, with Wim Stokhof and Thommy Svensson, my two inspiring mentors, have helped me tremendously in sorting out some of the confusion. I therefore have decided to return to epistemology to heal my ontological blues. I would like to do it in the following manner. B. I shall begin with an examination of ‘Asia’ as a form of knowledge followed by an exploration regarding the ‘knowledge baseline’ continuum that informs the construction of said knowledge. After that it is useful to have a look at the process of constituting and reproducing the knowledge that would guide my subsequent discussion on the consumption of the knowledge.

I shall begin with an examination of ‘Asia’ as a form of knowledge followed by an exploration regarding the ‘knowledge baseline’ continuum that informs the construction of said knowledge. After that it is useful to have a look at the process of constituting and reproducing the knowledge that would guide my subsequent discussion on the consumption of the knowledge. Finally, as an example, I shall try to locate our knowledge on ethnicity – a topic that lives within me as much as it has embraced me all my life – within this broader analytic-conceptual discussion on ‘Asia as a form of knowledge’.

Not only did analysts have to address the reality of the plural society but also the subsequent developments generated by the existence of a community of plural societies in the region. We began to narrow our analytical frame to nation-state, ethnic group, inter-nation-state relations, intra-nationstate problems, nationalism and so on. This gave rise to what could be called ‘methodological nationalism’, a way of constructing and using knowledge based mainly on the ‘territoriality’ of the nation-state and not on the notion that social life is a universal and borderless phenomenon, hence the creation of ‘Indonesian studies’, ‘Sri Lankan Studies’, ‘Japanese Studies’ and so on.

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