Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


American Academy of Asian Studies

First Advisor

Not Listed


The following 18 best described as a comparative survey. It was written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the American Academy of Asian Studies, a graduate school of the College of the Pacific. Since Its formation 1n 1951, the Academy has sponsored an almost unique approach to Asian Studies. The emphasis has been on what the people of the contemporary Western world have to learn from, rather than about, the cultures of the Near and Far East. Until recently, most oriental scholars have accepted a scholarly taboo against "getting too close" to the cultures they studied, lest they "go native" by absorbing unscholarly prejudices. Reinforcing the taboo was the colonialistic vlew that all Asian peoples were culturally well behind the technology of the West, 30 that we could have nothing to learn from Asia.





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