Asian Integration: History, Contemporary Integrative Efforts, Implications on State Formation, and Reconfiguration

This volume discusses the integration narratives from Asia as a response to globalization. The papers in this book present two voices: (1) the important role of the state in carrying out the goals in integration and (2) the impact of integration on the lives of ordinary people. Particular issues discussed are the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the role of non-Asian countries in its design and implementation, the challenges of sub-regional integration, particularly BIMP-EAGA growth area, impact of trade liberalization on health care services, and unresolved issues on forced migration and the minor war trials of World War II. Despite the challenges integration brings, the importance of Asia as a diverse region that seeks its rightful place in this global community remains to be important in the discourse of regionalism.


Nature and Culture: Environmental Issues in Asia

The chapters in this volume provide interesting cases of environmental constraints to development within sets of contrasting contexts—land-based resources versus water-based resources, local versus national government intervention policies and programs in resource preservations and rehabilitation, and developing versus developed country recipient of international disaster aid.

The authors analyze the issues utilizing historical, sociological, and political lenses.  The frameworks in these disciplines provide a rich blend of perspectives that shed light on the diverse modes of interplay between culture and nature and how they evolve together.


Global Financial Crisis in the Asian Context: Repercussions and Responses

This volume focuses on the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s and the 2008 financial crisis that originated in the United States. How have these crises affected Asia? How has Asia coped? What has been the impact of the crises on ordinary people? Between the covers of this book are theoretical perspectives on financial crises, followed by specific studies on the crises’ impact on Filipino overseas workers and the responses of families with overseas workers in Paete, Laguna; the effects of the crises on the Indonesian pirates; the connection of an economic framework between Taiwan and China to the financial crisis; and the impact and responses of business firms in selected countries in ASEAN+ 3.


Religions, Regionalism, and Globalization in Asia

In provocative ways, the six papers in this volume reveal different tangents for considering how religious consciousness motivates the history of individuals and societies. The ritual attractions of religions, their sense of gods and monsters, their compelling ethos in recognizing what is good and commanding quest to live it, and their age-old narratives about how the world came to be and the doomsday event for which we must be constantly ready are in no way inert. These are vigorous constructs, working devices as it were that help cultures everywhere to grapple with everyday realities reflecting our social struggles, the world’s restless political powerplay, our artistic aspirations, and the everyday disposition of men and women at work, the currency of their labor, and their never-ending efforts towards self-definition, interaction, and understanding.


Negotiating Globalization in Asia

Through the academic disciplines of economics, sociology, philosophy, and art and cultural studies, the authors describe and discuss different ways by which globalization is negotiated in Asia. Affirmed to be the major characteristics of globalization are liberalization, borderlessness, and mobility. National governments and even local customs and traditions, according to the authors, can mitigate the negative impacts of globalization.


Asian Cooperation: Problems and Challenges in the New Century

Discusses the challenges to Asian cooperation from the points of view of political, economic, and sociological disciplines. Approaches the issue of cooperation from national, bilateral, and regional levels.


Before and After September 11, 2001: An Asian Perspective

Since the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, many events have continued to threaten the peace and well-being of nations and communities all over the world. Aside from the war on Iraq which started in February 2003 and continues to drag on, many more terrorist attacks have taken place and continue to take place. To this day, for developed and developing countries, peace and amelioration of life remain as elusive as ever.

The essays delve into the historical and social roots of the 9/11 attacks and their implications on the economy and on society as a whole.