A. Minh Nguyen is professor of philosophy, assistant dean of the Honors College, and faculty affiliate of the Center for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.
“New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics is therefore an invaluable addition to the specific topic at hand, and to the larger field of Japanese studies…. astute … insightful … groundbreaking … In sum, New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics is a major contribution to Japanese studies. It widens the opportunity for non-Japanese specialists to engage with the paradox that is aesthetics itself, and not Japan as a topos. Chapters in the volume will surely intrigue scholars in many disciplines, as well as students, graduate and undergraduate alike.”
This anthology takes us to places Western aesthetics never dreams to go, to taking tea, wrapping boxes, going to war, and seeing martial art as a moral discipline. The conglomeration of articles reflects the complexity and contradictoriness of Japanese history and culture…. The countries of the world, newly bound by the coronavirus, have, I would say, an obligation to get to know each other, and this book helps us get to know Japan by giving us a sense of the breadth and depth of its culture…. [A]esthetics has become global and, therefore, the book under review is important and welcome to Western readers.
9/6/21, 3 Quarks Daily: Nguyen wrote an op-ed about the deeper significance of gymnast Suni Lee’s Olympic gold medal victory for Asian Americans.