Universality and Particularity: What is Asianness?
Authors: Naoki Sakai, Sun Ge
The content of this 112-page booklet is mainly based on two keynote speeches and dialogues held at the Inside-Out Art Museum on the afternoon of January 28, 2018. The two distinguished speakers were Professor Naoki Sakai from the departments of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and Professor Sun Ge, researcher at the Literature Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Their research and lectures have all dealt with the historical construction of the norm of the category of Asia and the transcendent perspective “Asia” bears when re-examining issues that are neglected by the established relationship between universality and particularity. The book contains an original transcript of the English speech given by Prof. Naoki Sakai, as well as the Chinese translation of it. Professor Sun Ge revised and extended the transcript of her speech, and this expanded version is included in this publication. The book also includes the conversation between two professors and the questions and answer session with the audience. In early 2020, Inside-Out Art Museum published a new bilingual version of the book in both Chinese and English.