The Japanese Talmud Antisemitism in East Asia

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Publisher's Synopsis

The image of Jews in East Asia is a strange mixture of opposites, a paradoxical blend of admiration and mockery, identification and denial. This book explores what 'Jew' means to many East Asians, and whether it is anything that Jewish people themselves would recognise. There is clearly a positive fascination: various bestsellers entitled Talmud are found in vending machines and public schools, while private 'Jewish education' institutions have opened across South Korea, claiming to improve children's IQ. People can stay at the Talmud Business Hotel in Taiwan, or attend Chinese centres for Jewish Studies with academics who have never met a Jew. There is a legend that Japanese people are a Lost Tribe of Israel, and 'Anne's day', named after Anne Frank, is a euphemism for menstruation. Yet the region also shows some of the world's highest rates of antisemitism, manifesting in disturbing ways: Taiwan's concentration camp-themed restaurant, or South Korea's 'Adolf Hitler Techno Bar & Cocktail Show'. By integrating scholarship on antisemitism, East Asian Studies and cognitive science, Schilling uncovers antisemitism's global, sometimes dualistic nature; not Western, and always persistent. He offers ground-breaking insight, redefining how we understand East Asia, antisemitism, and Judaism as a globalised religion.

Book information

ISBN: 9781787389540
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Imprint: Hurst & Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 950.04924
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 208g
Height: 217mm
Width: 138mm
Spine width: 13mm