The Newsletter 50 Spring 2009

Alien autopsy: the science fictional frontier of Asian Studies

Chris Goto-Jones

The term cyberAsia is both an observation of the technological progress exhibited in Asian societies, and a provocation concerning the status of Asia in the epistemic frameworks of ‘the West’. Chris Goto-Jones contends that under certain conditions Asia serves as place-marker for a fi eld of speculation that we might term science fictional. Where ‘cyber’ contains intimations of futurities and technologisation, cyberAsia and science fictional Asia converge.

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