Orientations 1

orientations: Journal of East Asian Studies, Volume 1 – 1994-1995, McGill University


1 Bureaucratic Bodies: The Biopolitics of Imperial Legitimation, by Nigel Daly
31 The Two-Headed Dragon: China and the Proliferation Paradox, by Mark Lanteigne
57 The Newly Industrializing Economies of East Asia – Repudiation or Reinforcement of Dependency Theory, by Marie Josée Johnston
95 A Comparison of Policy on Entrepreneurship in Taiwan and South Korea, by Professor Leo Paul Dana

Nigel Daly has a B.A. Honours degree in Philosophy and is currently pursuing an M.A. in East Asian Studies specializing in early Chinese cosmological and medical texts.

Mark Lanteigne has a B.A. in Political Science and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Political Science specializing in international relations.  He is considering continuing his studies in either Political Science or international law.

Marie Josée Johnston is currently finishing her B.A. Honours degree in Political Science with a minor in International Development.  She is also the Features Editor of The McGill Daily for 1994-1995.  She plans to pursue graduate studies in Political Science with a particular interest in Latin American development.

Professor Leo Paul Dana teaches international business at both McGill and Concordia universities.  He has participated in various international conferences in Canada, Greece and China and lectured at Oxford, Universi de Louis Pasteur (France) and in German.  Committed to the internationalization of enterprise education, Professor Dana is presently on the international advisory board of The Journal of Enterprising Culture, published jointly by World Scientific and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Managing Editor
Daniel Beaulieu

Nigel Daly
Tien F. Lee

Advisory Board
Robin D. Yates
Grace S. Fong
Thomas Lamarre

Support Staff
Natalie Adams
Elizabeth Herman
David Taylor

Cover art by Tien Lee and Nigel Daly.  Cover calligraphy by Zhenhu Han.

We, the editors of orientations, would like to thank professors Robin Yates, Grace Fong, and Thomas Lamarre of East Asian Studies for generously taking the time to assist in the selection process of submission.  We would also like to thank all the faculty and staff at the department of East Asian Studies at McGill University, Jason Ridgely for his insightful suggestions and patience, Dean John McCallum, the Faculty of Arts, the Arts Undergraduate Society, Kelly Wong and the East Asian Studies Students Association, and Huong Thi-Thien Ho.

Volume 1, 1994-1995

The decision to use “orientations” as the title of the McGill East Asian Studies student journal is perhaps a precarious one.  Since Edward Said’s controversial book Orientalism, the terms “Orient” (referring tot he geographical location) and “Orientalism” (referring to the Western study of the “Orient”) have come to be associated with a Western style of imperialistic discourse.  The use of “orient” in the title of an East Asian studies journal may thus raise a few eyebrows.  however, “orientations” means several things, and it is for this reason that it was chosen for the title of this journal.

Contemporary usage of”orientation” denotes bearing, position, or perspective.  Etymologically speaking “orientation” is a derivative of the verb “orient,” which came from Latin orici, “to rise.”  Its present participate, oriens, “rising,” refers to the direction of the “rising sun” – and by extension, the east.  Similarly, the cover character represents the Chinese and Japanese word for east (dong and hiyashi, respectively).  The “east” pictograph (東), originally depicts the sun (日) rising in the east behind a tree (木).  Similarly, the verb “to orient” comes from Old French orienter and means “to turn and face east.”

Employed in the titualr context of this journal, the multiple meanings of “orientations” are therefore intended to interrelate and interplay with each other.  As an interdisciplinary journal, we seek to present multiple approaches to the study of the geographic and textual site called East Asia.

None of this would have been possible without the support and encouragement of the East Asian Studies department at McGill University.  The department offers interdisciplinary programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies in cooperation with McGill’s departments of Political Science, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Geography, Religious Studies, and Management, with particular emphasis on East Asian Languages and Literatures.

We hope you will enjoy the first issue of orientations, and appreciate the fruits of the hard labour of its contributors.

orientations was designed and produced by Jason Ridgley at Gryphon Designs.


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