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Japanese – Chihou | Chiiki | Bunkaken

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Japanese, Region

Terms relating to ‘region’: 1. 地方ちほうchihou This word is used to mean ‘region’ as an area within a single country, though not necessarily just Japan. E.g. 関東地方 kantoo chihou ‘the Kanto region (around Tokyo)’. When used by itself it also has the sense of locality. Thus 地方によります (chihou ni yorimasu) ‘It depends on the locality […]

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Japanese – Kyoudoutai

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Community, Japanese, Region, Security Community

共同体 (きょうどうたい) kyoudoutai Relates to community The term is composed of three characters: 共 kyou – together; both; all; alike 同 dou – same; agree; equal 体 tai – body; substance; organisation Literally, ‘cooperative body’ or ‘cooperative system’   This term is also used with reference to region and conveys the idea of community.  The […]

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South Korean – Munhwakwon

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Korean (South), Region

문화권    (文化圈) munhwakwŏn Relates to region There are a few expressions that describe the relations between Korea and China, and most of them include the term munhwakwŏn (문화권 / 文化圈): ‘cultural sphere’, or ‘cultural area’. The term conveys the suggestion that Korea, together with Japan, China and Vietnam belongs to the same munhwakwŏn , and […]

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Indonesian – Kawasan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Indonesian, Region

Kawasan Relates to region; area The development of the concept of ‘region’ in Southeast Asia seems to oscillate between cultural interpretations and territorial-geopolitical underpinnings.  The commonly used term ‘kawasan’ which literally means ‘border’ gained popularity only recently with a geopolitical/economic sense such as in kawasan keamanan ASEAN (ASEAN security region) or kawasan ekonomi ASEAN (ASEAN […]

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Thai – Rat Issara

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Region, Thai

รัฐอิสระ Rat Issara Relates to autonomous region In Thailand any attempt to translate autonomous region tends to be controversial.   In the Thai press and other sources, it is referred to in a variety of ways as การปกครองตนเอง  (kan pokkhrong ton eng – self-rule), เขตปกครองอิสระ (khet pokkhrong isara – independent administration zone), รัฐอิสระ (rat isara – […]

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English (Australian) – Region

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Region

Region Relates to region The term ‘region’ is invoked frequently in Australian security discourse, but its meaning remains contested and largely unresolved. In many respects this is unremarkable, keeping in mind that regions are inherently political and social constructs.[1] As the Australian scholar Joseph Camilleri has observed ‘regions can be endowed with different meanings and […]

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Karen – Hawkulaw gerwaw

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Karen, Region

Hawkulaw gerwaw Relates to region The Karen words for region are exclusively used to refer to Burma and its peoples, with the language having no particular word to embody any of the other countries in the area. The concept of region has two words, both with the same meaning, but classified by the use of […]

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Shan – Möng Tai | Zeung Tai | Phen Lin Tai

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Region, Shan

Möng Tai “Shan country” Zeung Tai “Shan state“ Phen Lin Tai “Shan land” Relates to region Möng Tai is the term most used by Shans when describing their homeland. It literally means the country – möng – of the Shan or Tai. The various usages of möng are discussed under Nation. Tai is the term […]

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Burmese – Dei Tha Swe

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Burmese, Region

Dei Tha Swē Relates to regionalism A threat to security, dei tha swē has the connotation of politicized localism or provincialism.  It is generally translated as regionalism.  The government associates dei tha swē, with ethnic irredentism, regards it as a hindrance to an all-encompassing national identity, and as such deems it a threat to national […]

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Burmese – Zati (chet kywei)

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Burmese, Region

Zati (chet kywei) Relates to native region; birthplace Zati is often an important element of one’s national, regional, ethnic, or racial identity, and for this reason it figures prominently within the government’s security discourse as both a referent and threat to security.  Despite its significance, the concept of zati is often lost in translation. Zati […]

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