Learning from Ryukyu

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Selecting from over 30 years of research, from a huge collection of archives all over the world, Hamashita Takeshi was to be one of the most distinguished speakers at the conference. His speech, The Formation and Transformation of the South Pacific Sea Zone from 14th to 18th Centuries, covered a wide range of Pacific History and gave innovative suggestions for the future. In the video interview below Hamashita focuses on the history of the Ryukyu Islands and South China Sea maritime culture while suggesting that in contemporary times, Japan has much to learn from Ryukyu and the wider Pacific.

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Way before the maritime space of the South Pacific was frequented and formed by the Spanish in the 15th century, the Ryukyu tributary trade network has taken shape in between the East and South China Seas starting from the first half of the 14th century. Sulu (Archipelago) also sent tributary envoys to Xiamen, forming an interactive network between the South China Sea and South Pacific maritime spaces. Then Manila began to attract Chinese immigrants from South China in late 15th century after Portugal and Spain had signed a treaty that divided the oceans of the world. The 17th century saw the era of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC in Dutch), who began to engage in connecting the maritime space of the South China Sea with that of the South Pacific. At the speech Professor Hamashita Takeshi discussed the connection and disconnection between the South China Sea and South Pacific maritime spaces around Taiwan Island through a comparison between the maritime space of East Asia and that of Western Europe. Furthermore he uses his historical knowledge to propose solutions for a peaceful engagement of East Asia in the Pacific.

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Last modified on Friday, 07 March 2014 15:36
June LEE (李禮君)

Former Managing Editor of Renlai Monthly (2004-2009). Board member of the Taipei Ricci Institute.

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