Eduardo González de la FuenteAutonomous University of Barcelona | UAB
Eduardo González de la Fuente
Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University | Team Member at GREGAL - UAB
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Citations since 2016
16 Research Items
My interests include the geopolitics of martial arts; Japanese popular culture; Okinawan studies; soft power and heritage discourse; cultural industries and cultural policy. Also interested in early boxing literature.
January 2022 - present
- Visiting Fellow
October 2020 - August 2021
El Colegio de Mexico
October 2016 - September 2020
Department of Translation and Interpretation & East Asian Studies
Field of study
- East Asian societies, politics and international relations; East Asian culture, thought and interculturality
Journal of Inter-Regional Studies: Regional and Global Perspectives (JIRS – Waseda University). - This article explores effects of globalization on the political and discursive construction of contemporary karate. First, it provides an overview about the role of martial arts and bushidō in the nihonjinron ideologies rhetoric and their postwar spr...
Since the beginning of the 2010s, the Japanese Government and the Okinawan Prefectural Government have been making significant efforts to develop, professionalize, and promote karate tourism in Okinawa. This article offers a comprehensive overview on this process, by discussing the historical construction of Okinawa as a prime tourist destination,...
Since the 90s, when Joseph Nye coined and popularized the term, the notion of soft power began to gather lots of academic attention, while it was incorporated into national strategies via cultural diplomacy and cultural industries. Hence, several scholars have acknowledged the contemporary return of geopolitics in the global circulation of images,...
This review considers the book Anko Itosu. The Man. The Master. The Myth. Biography of a Legend, published in 2021 by Thomas Feldmann. The volume is a thorough biographical study of Anko Itosu (1831–1915), Okinawan born and essential figure to interpret initial developments of karate history during the 20th century. Approximately two decades before...
Esta reseña considera el libro Ankō Itosu. The Man. The Master. The Myth. Biography of a Legend, publicado en 2021 por Thomas Feldmann. Nos encontramos ante un estudio exhaustivo de la biografía de Ankō Itosu (1831-1915), nacido en las islas de Okinawa y figura esencial para interpretar la evolución inicial de la historia del karate durante el sigl...
During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, several Daoist deities arrived at present-day Okinawa from the Fujian region. Among them was Tiandu yuanshuai, also known as Marshal Tian, God of Theater and protector of villages, who was also worshipped by local martial militias and schools. Fujianese martial arts influenced greatly kara...
This paper presents a reinterpretation of the two main global mythologies of Okinawan karate, that actually point back to the times of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. Using a socio-historical approach, I unveil the imaginations and inexactitudes forming those karate myths, and how they speak about the contemporary geopolitical romanticization of Okinawa. Freq...
This paper aims to explore the transmission of popular Taoist deities to the Ryukyus via the East Asian maritime trade network during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and their ascendance upon the Ryukyus martial arts. Thanks to these commercial routes, the development of specific districts harboring long-distance travelers, and, ultimately, the settle...
The hidari-gomon or migi mitsudomoe, the emblem of Hachiman, guardian deity of the warriors, is one of the most extensive images among the multiple branches and dojos of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo. Hachiman, revered by several samurai clans of Japan, ended up becoming 'kami of the clan' (ujigami) Minamoto around the eleventh century. Three centurie...
Genwa Nakasone (1895-1978) is an essential figure in the introduction, disclosure and adaptation of Okinawan karate to the ultranationalist Japan of the early Showa Era. In his personal writings and especially in the prefaces and commentaries that, as editor and co-author, he was able to introduce into the first karate manuals, an accommodation rhe...
Karate is one of the most famous sport combats around the world, nevertheless, during the past three decades is experiencing some substantial transformations closely related to the globalization of markets and the expansion of mass tourism. Such emerging circumstances are part of the post-industrial economies shift to the sectors of leisure and cul...
https://www.raco.cat/index.php/452F/article/view/318995 ENG: This article uses one of the pugilistic stories of Jack London, “The Mexican” (1911), to explore the world of boxing as a public place of modern social and ideological conflicts identified and signified in the protean figure of the boxer. Thus, the ring is capable of becoming and being...
ENG: Jorge Luis Borges is the most cited and referenced literary author in the field of pure sciences, evidencing that literature inspires, exemplifies and dialogues with them. This research proposes a reading of his science-fiction short-tale "The Library of Babel" on the concept of "infinity" as a paradox and prototype of the "narrative vortex";...
This project analyzes the development and transformations of karate’s iconographies and mythologies. Here karate is understood in the way of a heterogonous space, at once markedly local and transnational, a hermeneutical device of high heuristic value that expresses the historical and sociocultural dialectics between Okinawa, Japan, East Asia, and the rest of the world. The approach is based on a wide diachronic perspective ranging from our contemporaneity to the premodern martial culture of Okinawa. The aim is to trace historical processes, societal contexts, and cultural changes that have nurtured the imaginaries of karate and its representations in popular culture.
This project aims to highlight the relevance of the juncture between boxing literature and classical sociology. The pugilist figure was a prime source of fascination for the nascent 20th century mass culture. Writers and artists, like Jack London, Francisco Ayala o Sergei Eisenstein, turn their attention to the world of boxing as a way to depict and express not only perennial dramas on the human condition, but also pushing anxieties brought by the industrial capitalist society and its civilizational transformations. Collaborations and suggestions are welcome.