Book Reviews Parallax Visions: Making Sense of AmericanEast Asian Relations at the End of the Century. By b ruce cumings. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1999. Pp. vi + 280. $27.95 (cloth). Most readers dealing with East Asia will have come across Bruce Cumings, and bits and pieces of this book, before. Cumings is a wellknown historian of Korea and an equally well-known commentator on American relations with East Asia. Here he assembles revised versions of several previously published papers and conference presentations. He hopes they add up to more than the sum of their separate parts: "In this book I have made a conscious attempt to take nothing for granted but to step back and cast sidelong glances at East Asia and the United States as a means toward understanding, toward getting at truth, and toward speaking truth to power" (p. 4). Cumings believes in power and in systems. His main conclusion is that "Japan and its neighbors in northeast Asia have nested for most of this century in a Western hegemonic regime and are nowhere near the self-definition and comprehensive autonomy that local nationalists have long sought" (p. 225). The tone of this book is
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