The trend to promote regional economic integration and internal cooperation
was intensified in Asia after the 1997 financial crisis and the 9/11 event.
Correspondingly, in mainland China, Taiwan, Japan,
Korea, and Singapore, intra-Asian cultural studies, historical researches,
art projects and political/economic discussions have been gaining momentum.
In this informal discussion, Wang Hui reflects on the history and the
present of this issue: what are the historical conditions for the new Asian
discourse to come into being? What is the relationship between this new
discourse and the ideas of Asia in
and after the 19th-20th century? What historical possibilities does the
discussion on Asia produce?