Transcendence East and West
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The twain have long since met, but there is a deeper problem with Kipling's blithe verse: the assumption that East is East, that we can make useful generalizations about the East. What follows is a critique of the notion that South Asia and East Asia can be meaningfully lumped together into, e.g., 'the intuitive East' or 'the mystic Orient'. My argument is that the cultural polarity between the Indianinfluenced cultures of south Asia and the Chinese-influenced cultures of East Asia is more interesting than that between 'East' and 'West'. This paper is an experiment that pushes this opposite generalization to see how far we can ride it and how illuminating it can be.