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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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The Development of Asia Pacific Studies

The Development of Asia Pacific Studies

A Case Study of Internationalization in Japanese Higher Education

(p.92) Chapter 5 The Development of Asia Pacific Studies
Remaking Area Studies

Jeremy Eades

University of Hawai'i Press

Japan's Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is in the process of developing an area studies program that is not simply an add-on to an existing program or department, but the raison d'être of a whole university. This chapter discusses how this project fits in with the development of university education both in Japan and internationally, the problems of defining the Asia Pacific, and the related problems of implementing an Asia Pacific studies program at an international university in Japan. It begins by reviewing definitions of the region, and identifies a core Pacific Asia and extended Asia Pacific, or “amoeba-like regions.” Definitions become critical when one considers the impact on resources involved, especially bibliographical and linguistic, and also the nature of the research questions asked. Other specific problems with the new area studies include the lack of coherence in the new curriculum and the limited recruitment of foreign students.

Keywords:   area studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, higher education, Japan, university education, Asia Pacific studies program

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