Rueland, Juergen. (2001) Too Little, But Not Too Late: Some Reflections on EU Studies in New Zealand. NCRE Online Paper No. 01/02. [Policy Paper]
[From the Introduction]. In the past decade European Studies became a growth industry in the Asia-Pacific. European Studies programs and research facilities have been set up in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, China and South Korea, some of them with considerable support provided by the European Commission. More recently, similar centres and programs have been established in Australia and New Zealand. In consonance with these developments, several national Associations for European Studies and a network linking the Western Pacific were formed. This “rediscovery of Europe” (Holland 1999) constitutes a departure from previous priorities in the fields of research and education which in the process of nationbuilding and the search for an indigenous national identity accorded attention to Europe only as the colonial villain and the culprit for many of the political, economic and social anomies which marked the postindependence era in the Asia-Pacific region.
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