The origin of this book dates back to the foundation of Casa Asia, remaining associated with this moment and with the circumstances which have favored the spectacular rapprochement between Europe and the Asian continent. The main aim was to rediscover the historical experience derived from the relations, links and frictions between Spain, Portugal and Latin America with Asia, from the territory occupied by the former soviet republics to Australia and New Zealand. The East-West dialogue has been substantially altered through this process of progressive Orientalization of the West and Westernization of the East, converging in this mixed culture which appears to dominate modern Asian cities’ urban life. The development of East Asia studies and Asian studies in general by Spanish and European universities, are the living proof of the growing popularity which the Asiatic vocation has reached, freed from the exotic and tending to compare and integrate cultures whose research is encouraged in all disciplines. The book is an anthology of almost a hundred texts by Spanish and Latin American authors and more than 250 images of photographers such as: Christian Maury, Michel L’Huillier, Tarun Chopra, Raghu Rai, Jordi Llorens, Ricky Dávila, Miguel Trillo, Pierre Gonnord, Sebastiao Salgado, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Graciela Iturbide, Carmen Garcia-Ormaechea, Chema Prado, Marisa Gonzalez, Montse Arbelo and Joseba Franco, Carlos Muñoz and Carlos Arnaiz among others.
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