Becoming One: Religion, Development, and Environmentalism in a Japanese NGO in Myanmar

Author:   Chika Watanabe
Publisher:   University of Hawai'i Press
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9780824887117


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   30 April 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Chika Watanabe
Publisher:   University of Hawai'i Press
Imprint:   University of Hawai'i Press
ISBN:  

9780824887117


ISBN 10:   0824887115
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   30 April 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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This is one of the most rewarding and thought-provoking works on Japan I have read in a long time. Readers are immersed in the intellectual and activist world of a pioneering Japanese international NGO and confronted with fascinating questions about religion, national identity, and the humanistic desire to make the world a better place. An outstanding achievement. Becoming One tells a strikingly different development story between Japan and Myanmar. Its graceful, clear-eyed view reveals ambivalent possibilities of international solidarity, alternately inspiring and disturbing, grown from muddy connections between neotraditional faith and ecologically attuned agrarian labor. Becoming One is a rich ethnographic study of a Japanese NGO's development and aid work in Myanmar that traces its religious roots in Ananaikyo, a postwar new religion, and its transformation into a carrier of a nonreligious Shinto environmentalism. It provides a persuasive account of how particularistic Japanese values and ideals--Nihon no seishin--were translated and cultivated through its staff and training program. The ideological and financial links established between the organization's leaders, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the nationalisitic Nippon Kaigi, confounds and challenges our conventional association of international aid with liberal politics. Highly recommended.


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Chika Watanabe is lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Manchester.

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