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They need nothing : Hispanic-Asian encounters of the colonial period /
Robert Richmond Ellis.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
x, 241 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
9781442645110 :
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
9781442645110 :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-03-01:
During the colonial era (16th-19th centuries), Spanish writers often treated climate, geography, and skin color as the key factors in how they viewed Asian societies. Thus, they portrayed the northern peoples (Chinese and Japanese) as lighter skinned and highly civilized in contrast to Filipinos and Cambodians, whom they labeled indios (Indians) and judged to be considerably less advanced. In this detailed study of numerous texts of the period, Ellis (Occidental College) reveals a wide range of Spanish opinions, both enlightened and prejudiced regarding Asian cultures. In addition, he examines Asian critiques of European colonialism, giving special attention to the writings of Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal. His discussion of how Franciscan missionary practices in Asia clashed with the Jesuit approach, one based on tolerance of local customs and accommodation, clearly reveals that in their dealings with Asians Spanish attitudes were not monolithic. Ellis's thorough coverage of this somewhat obscure material extends to ongoing commentary regarding sexual practices, especially sodomy, which seems excessive. Each of the four chapters has a regional focus: Japan, China, Cambodia, and the Philippines, respectively. This volume serves as a valuable guide to colonial Hispanic Asianography and a worthy complement to the plethora of studies of transatlantic encounters currently available. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. S. Arrington Jr. University of Mississippi
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The first comprehensive study of Spanish writings on East and Southeast Asia from the Spanish colonial period, They Need Nothing draws attention to many essential but understudied Spanish-language texts from this era. Robert Richmond Ellis provides an engaging, interdisciplinary examination of how these writings depict Asia and Asians as both similar to and different from Europe and Europeans, and details how East and Southeast Asians reacted to the Spanish presence in Asia. They Need Nothinghighlights texts related to Japan, China, Cambodia, and the Philippines, beginning with Francis Xavier's observations of Japan in the mid-sixteenth century and ending with José Rizal's responses to the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the late nineteenth century. Ellis provides a groundbreaking expansion of the geographical and cultural contours of Hispanism that bridges the fields of European, Latin American, and Asian Studies.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Japanese and Spaniards in the Christian Centuryp. 24
The Middle Kingdom through Spanish Eyesp. 67
The Quest for Cambodiap. 110
Constructing the Philippines and Contesting the Legacyp. 129
Conclusionp. 178
Notesp. 185
Works Citedp. 210
Indexp. 227
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