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The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) as a political foundation is working in the field of political education. Its goal is “to serve democracy, peace and development”. Therefore, one aspect of the project in the Republic of Korea is to transfer knowledge about the reunification in Germany to Koreans – particularly to those near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Moreover, as the HSF has offices not only in the Republic of Korea, but also in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, it shows particular interest in the development of East Asia and the economic integration in this region. Thus this website offers a newsboard, articles, book reviews and links to homepages concerning East Asia Integration Studies.

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Dear readers,

The field of Asian bilateral and multilateral integration is ever increasing, and so is the academic output in the field.

East Asian Integration Studies extends this invitation for scholars and practitioners to review books for our website on East Asian economic integration. If you are interested in reviewing books for EAIS, please send an e-mail mentioning “book reviews” as well as the title(s) you want to review, with a short biographical note and a specification of your area of interest to Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Seliger@hss.or.kr).

Please find the list of all books available for review here.

NEW BOOK REVIEW: Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

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Asia’s Cauldron

Author: Robert D. Kaplan

Reviewer: Dr. Moritz Pöllath

Asia’s Cauldron already has been extensively reviewed and earned high praise and respect by national newspapers and members of the security policy community. This review will join the general applause of Robert D. Kaplan`s great accomplishment and focus on selected aspects important to the general reader, historian or security policy analyst who have not yet picked up one of Kaplan’s works or Asia’s Cauldron. In the last installment of the author’s three books on Asia – Monsoon (2010), The Revenge of Geography (2012), and Asia’s Cauldron (2014)– Kaplan delivers a compelling insight into the power of geography and ideas with respect to the Indo-Pacific. more…

NEW BOOK REVIEW: Negotiating Financial Agreement in East Asia: Surviving the Turbulence

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Negotiating Financial Agreement in East Asia

Author: Kaewkamol Karen Pitakdumrongkit

Reviewer: Piotr Sochon

As the twenty-first century brings an unprecedented amount of matters that call to be tackled globally and comprehensively, researchers and journalists tend to focus on Europe’s and US’s role in these processes. However, simultaneously to the growing political and economic role, East Asian states have established numerous governance frameworks. Among those the Chiang Mai Initiative Mechanism is worthy of particular attention. It provides a multilateral system of currency swaps, initiated to counter short-term liquidity problems. more…

NEW BOOK REVIEW: US-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century: A Question of Trust

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US-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century: A Question of Trust

Author: Michael Tai

Reviewer: Jennifer Liu

Michael Tai maintains that “US-China relations is not only the most important bilateral relationship in the twenty-first century but also the most complex” (p. 27). As the world hegemon, the US fears that China, a rising force, may one day challenge it. This leads Tai to analyze the trust, or rather distrust, between the two nations along the four HISE dimensions of history, interests, structures, and empathy. He uses this methodological framework to examine US-China relations with respect to climate change, financial crisis, and international security, arguing that “these are global threats that demand collective response and yet collaboration is failing for lack of trust” (p. xv). more…


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NEW BOOK REVIEW: Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia

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Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia

Author: Mikyoung Kim (ed.)

Reviewer: Luc Walhain

Over the last two decades, China and South Korea have joined Japan in the circle of economic powerhouses, and in the process, the three East Asian countries have dramatically intensified their economic and cultural exchanges with one another. However, paradoxically, this increased level of regional interaction has failed to translate into a rapprochement over the historical and territorial disputes plaguing East Asia since 1945. On the contrary, issues, such as the comfort women, Dokdo/Takeshima Islands, history textbooks and Yasukuni Shrine visits by Japanese officials, chronically make the front pages of their national newspapers, and impede the building of trust necessary for a multilateral cooperation in the region. In spite of their vigorous economic ties, the East Asian states remain politically divided, and continue to fret about “unresolved history problems” – domestic and transnational. Unfortunately, most people remain trapped in the nationalist narratives they have constructed, because those issues greatly shape their national identities. It is imperative to address those memory problems if all parties involved are serious about achieving reconciliation. The task ahead is daunting, and will require patience, compassion, honesty, and a strong will to collaborate creatively. more…

NEW BOOK REVIEW: Asian Migrations: Social and Geographical Mobilities in Southeast, East, and Northeast Asia

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Asian Migrations: Social and Geographical Mobilities in Southeast, East, and Northeast Asia

Author: Tony Fielding

Reviewer: Valerie C. Yap

Contemporary migration research often explores migrants through particular facets of migratory processes. In Asian Migrations, Fielding frames migratory processes on a more encompassing manner by using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze and to explain the causes and consequences of various forms of migration flows in Southeast, East and Northeast Asia. This ambitious work addresses broad structures such as immigration policies and the political economies of sending and receiving countries. It also tackles the movement of specific sets of people to particular destination countries, motivations, impacts of migration to the sending countries, and issues of incorporation into receiving societies, among others. more…


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NEW BOOK REVIEW: Re-producing Chineseness in Southeast Asia. Scholarship and identity in comparative perspective

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Re-producing Chineseness in Southeast Asia

Editor(s): Chih-yu Shih

Reviewer: Andra le Roux-Kemp

Identifying Chinese in Southeast Asia, and identifying as a Chinese in Southeast Asia, are both equally fraught with difficulties. As in most other parts of the world, the population of Southeast Asia are increasingly diverse with expats and migrants now prosaic in the locality. For such ethnic non-Chinese, the political effects of their intellectual and social activities on traditional Chinese communities are often at the forefront of their minds, while conventional Chinese, in turn, are confronted with the necessity of integration and adaptation in a globalised world. Then, there are also the diasporic Chinese who are for all intents and purposes outsiders looking in. Diasporic Chinese are outsiders in their non-Chinese environments and they stand outside the local, indigenous Chinese scene, never really able to truly blend in. But more still, Chineseness also face another agitator, and that is politics. Political China asserts, provokes, and challenges political ideologies, value systems, and modes of existence. It creates rifts, binds together, and leaks from its Chineseness into matters that are altogether not Chinese. Chinese identification therefore generally, and in Southeast Asia specifically, is often both a catalyst of, and an obstacle for self-understanding as well as self-representation. more…


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Chinese Migration and Economic Relations with Europe

NEW BOOK REVIEW: Chinese Migration and Economic Relations with Europe

Author(s): Marco Sanfilippo and Agnieszka Weinar

Reviewer: Felix Wiebrecht

With the “going out” policy the Chinese government has been encouraging its enterprises to invest abroad and since then foreign direct investment (FDI) from China into European countries has flourished and reached new all-time highs. While a lot of research has been conducted on the economic dimension of the “going out” strategy initiated by the Chinese government, the relationship between migration and investment has not yet been subject to in-depth analysis. Marco Sanfilippo and Agnieszka Weinar’s edited work is attempting to fill this gap by making the first comprehensive effort to provide an analysis about the relationship between growing Chinese investment and migration into Europe. The book with contributions from various different scholars aims at illustrating the relationship between migration, trade and investment and factor mobility. more…

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The Evolution of Central Banking and Monetary Policy in the Asia-Pacific

NEW BOOK REVIEW: The Evolution of Central Banking and Monetary Policy in the Asia-Pacific

Author(s): Akhand Akhtar Hossain

Reviewer: Dr. Markus Heckel

This volume is a supplementary companion book of Hossain’s (2009) work, Central Banking and Monetary Policy in the Asia-Pacific, which surveyed major theories, models and approaches to inflation and monetary policy. In this volume, the author examines 12 case studies from developed and developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The book focuses on the evolution of central banking by reviewing country-specific experiences regarding the history of inflation and monetary policy. The book’s strength lies in its summaries and applications of modern literature of monetary economics in empirical case studies. While this format has its advantages, the book is also held back by its overly ambitious aim: it examines many case studies and covers additional topics of central banking, monetary policy, central bank independence, central bank transparency, institutional designs of the central banks, decision-making process, political economy, geography, history and even ventures on the difficult task of policy recommendations. more…

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Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999

NEW BOOK REVIEW: Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999

Author(s): Carmen Amado Mendes (ed.)

Reviewer: Dr. Moritz Pöllath

China has established itself as a global power to be reckoned with in the 21st century. The roots of its current political and economical influence can be found in the 20th century. For China the last century was marked by partial foreign dominance, communist revolution and the gradual emergence of the PRC as a diplomatic force in the Global South in the 1960s and global player in the following decades. Carmen Amado Mendes’ study, based on her dissertation, contributes overlooked and under-researched aspects to the understanding of China’s transformation into a global player by focusing on the settlement of the Macau negotiations from Portugal’s perspective. Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations 1986-1999 might be considered as a narrow case study of an exotic topic of special interest, but to the reader it opens a window into the historical framework of the negotiations and strategies between Portuguese and Chinese governments throughout the end of the 20th century. more…