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Forum on Universalism and Relativism in Asian Studies Editor's Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2011

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How to establish and transmit understanding across the boundaries of language, geography, culture, and time lies at the very heart of Asian Studies. Ours is a highly refined form of cross-cultural activity, but one that places the highest value on this understanding. To engage in this activity, individuals undergo long periods of training to master other languages, to produce, and then to present their knowledge in certain rigorously defined forms. The scholar works in this way both to establish some particular understanding and then to transmit that understanding to other Asianists, students, various other specialists, and the public at large.

Copyright © The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. 1991

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