ERIC Number: ED401406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Imaginaries of "East and West": Slippery Curricular Signifiers in Education.
Aoki, Ted T.
The labels "East and West," suggest two distinct cultural wholes. "East and West" is understood as a binary of two separate preexisting entities, which can be bridged or brought together to conjoin in an "and." This image has dominated Western modernist thought in the works of historians, anthropologists, and others. Educators, like tourists or business people, may be overly emphasizing "crossing" from one nation to another, from one culture to another, as in bridging across from land to land. By viewing a bridge not as a mere path for human transit or route for commerce, but as a dwelling place for people, one can move away from the identity-centered "East and West" and into the space between. To try to change an identity-oriented image into one that allows someone into the space between "East and West," to the site of "and," requires a discourse that can entertain "both this and that" and "neither this nor that." The "and" between "East and West" is then understood as both "and" and "not-and," allowing space for both conjunction and disjunction. In this reframing, the bridges of the Pacific Rim can be viewed as both bridges and nonbridges. This third space is an ambivalent space of both this and that, of both East and West, wherein the traditions of Western modernist epistemology can meet Eastern traditions of wisdom. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Constitutive Interplay midst Discourse of East and West: Modernity & Postmodernity Renderings in Adult & Continuing Education; see CE 072 896.