The main elements of East Asia – cultural, social, political, philosophical, religious and linguistic – were derived from China, but the others were not minor replicas of China.
Stevens Point, Wis. (PRWEB) December 12, 2012
With more than four decades of experience living in, teaching about and studying the region, author and professor emeritus Hugh Dyson Walker is uniquely qualified to offer readers his newest nonfiction, “East Asia: A New History” (published by AuthorHouse).
“East Asia” represents, Walker believes, a complete survey of East Asia over 4,000 years up to the present, emphasizing a broad sense of culture. In it, he explores the historic development of East Asia as China influenced Korea, Vietnam and Japan, showing both unity and diversity within the region.
Walker is careful to point out how often other histories of the region misstate the importance of early Japan. “The main elements of East Asia – cultural, social, political, philosophical, religious and linguistic – were derived from China, but the others were not minor replicas of China,” he says. “Each was unique: its people ethnically distinct, from China and each other; its native language, and linguistic blend with Chinese, also unique. Korea and Vietnam resisted Chinese colonization, but adopted and adapted advance Chinese elements to their own needs.” Japan developed later.
About the Author
Hugh Dyson Walker was born and grew up in New Hampshire. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire before entering the U.S. Naval Reserve and attending UCLA, where he earned a master’s degree and doctorate in history with emphasis on East Asia. He also studied graduate-level Chinese at Yale.
After a brief time teaching in East Asia, Walker returned to the U.S. and taught in Wisconsin for more than 40 years, earning the position of professor emeritus of history and Chinese from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is fluent in Chinese, Japanese and Korean and speaks several other languages.
An ordained Catholic deacon, he and his wife have been married for 55 years.
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