Revisiting Colonial and Post-Colonial

Anthropological Studies of the Cultural Interface

Edited by Heung Wah Wong and Keiji Maegawa

This collection of original essays interrogates the nature of intercultural and intra-cultural encounters through anthropological case studies of Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. The chapters show that parties involved in intercultural or intra-cultural encounters, each equipped with their own means and motivated by their own ends, reciprocally engage each other in a dynamic, emergent relationship. Through detailed empirical research, this volume seeks to advance the open question of how we may theorize the cultural interface.

About the Editors

Heung Wah Wong is associate professor teaching creative arts and Japanese studies at the University of Hong Kong. 

Keiji Maegawa is a professor at University of Tsukuba’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Japan.


Keiji Maegawa, Professor, University of Tsukuba

Heung-wah Wong, Director of the Global Creative Industries Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong

Hoi-yan Yau, Lecturer, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

Hiroki Fukagawa, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Masashi Nara, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

Tatsushi Nemoto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Shunsuke Matsuda, M.D., Research Fellow, International Research Institute for Medical Food Cultures

Yoshihiko Sekiguchi, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Japanese Folk Culture, University of Seijo

Sumiko Yamazaki, Junior Researcher, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Rima Higa, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences

Takuya Kitahara, Ph.D., Anthropology, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University 

Akinori Hamada, Ph.D., Research Fellow, National Museum of Ethnology

Table of Contents


          Heung-wah Wong & Keiji Maegawa

Chapter 1:  Dynamics of Culture in Interface - Theoretical Consideration

          Keiji Maegawa

Chapter 2:  There is no Simple Japanization, Creolization or Localization:  Some Reflections on the Cross-cultural Migration of Japanese Popular Culture to Hong Kong

          Heung-wah Wong & Hoi-yan Yau

Chapter 3:  Constructing the Self and Other in the New Guinea Highlands:  Whiteness and Inter-Clan Competition in the Postcolonial Period

          Hiroki Fukagawa

Chapter 4:  The Dilemma of Ordinary Muslims in Religious Revival:  A Case Study of Hui Society in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

          Masashi Nara

Chapter 5:  Creating a New Meaning for Buddhist Rituals:  Two Forms of Religion and Conversion among Contemporary Indian Buddhists in Nagpur City

          Tatsushi Nemoto

Chapter 6:  Representativity of the Festival and Cultural Compulsion

          Shunsuke Matsuda

Chapter 7:  Solidarity and Co-Living by the Ainu

          Yoshihiko Sekiguchi

Chapter 8:  Khao Pun:  How Rice Noodles Stimulate Appetite and Intimacy in a Laotian Village in Cambodia

          Sumiko Yamazaki

Chapter 9:  Meat Processing by De-Animalization:  Pork as a Ritual Meal and Tourism Resource in Okinawa, Japan

          Rima Higa

Chapter 10:  The Workplace as a Contested Place of Cultures - The Japanese Company in the Kingdom of Tonga

          Takuya Kitahara

Chapter 11:  Medical Technology as Cultural Interface

          Akinori Hamada