EAST ASIA AND ANTISEMITISM: A Vast Region Immersed in Admiration and Consternation

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East Asia is a region of ever-growing importance. Its global significance is evident in every aspect, ranging from politics and economy to culture. The view that antisemitism is rife in present-day East Asia is based on various sources, ranging from newspaper reports and academic analyses to personal impressions. The most important testimony, however, stems from a worldwide survey on attitudes and opinions toward Jews across 101 countries conducted recently by the Anti-Defamation League. The three largest nations of East Asia, China, Japan, and South Korea, seem to share a very similar pattern of attitudes to Jews. The regional outlook and the relatively high level of antisemitism it contains are not the outcome of extended contacts with Jewish population or a conflict with Judaism, let alone with the state of Israel. At first glance, the East Asian views of Jews and attitude toward them seem somewhat contradictory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge History of Antisemitism
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780429767524
ISBN (Print)9781138369443
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Mark Weitzman, Robert J. Williams, and James Wald; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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