This book explores the different ways that issues of ethnocultural diversity are conceptualised and debated in South and East Asia. It looks at the legacies of precolonial and colonial traditions for managing diversity, their reinterpretation under postcolonial independence and globalisation, and their relationship to Western liberal models of multiculturalism and emerging international norms of human and minority rights. It shows that political actors draw on a range of intellectual resources and traditions when thinking through these questions. Appeals to international human rights instruments and Western policies of multiculturalism are interspersed with appeals to local traditions, national mythologies, regional practices, and religious doctrines. An attempt to understand these debates or contribute to them requires an understanding of the complex interaction between the different ways of conceptualising diversity and citizenship.
Contents: Liberal multiculturalism : western models, global trends, and Asian debates / Will Kymlicka -- Minority rights with Chinese characteristics / Baogang He -- A liberal model of minority rights for an illiberal multiethnic state? The case of Lao PDR / Vatthana Pholsena -- Subjects of the nation without citizenship : the case of 'hill tribes' in Thailand / Mika Toyota -- Liberal and structural ethnic political accommodation in Malaysia / N. Ganesan -- Normative pluralism in Indonesia : regions, religions, and ethnicities / John Bowen -- The cost of membership in ascribed community / Chua Beng Huat -- Justice for migrant workers? The case of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong and Singapore / Daniel A. Bell and Nicola Piper -- At the margins of a liberal-democratic state : ethnic minorities in Japan / Lam Peng-Er -- Multination federalism and minority rights in Sri Lanka / Rohan Edrisinha -- Burma/Myanmar : struggle for democracy and ethnic rights / Alan Smith -- Indian exceptionalism or Indian model : negotiating cultural diversity and minority rights in a democratic nation-state / Gurpreet Mahajan. Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006