Physicality in Postcolonialism: Tensions at the Asian Rural Institute

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The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is a transnational NGO that has a unique model of education and was founded in response to Japan's role as a colonizer. It invites participants from around the world to learn sustainable agriculture, servant leadership, and community advocacy at their campus in Tochigi, Japan. Postcolonial studies has a strong foundation of analyzing physical elements such as bodies and space and their role in both controlling colonized people and resisting colonizers. I argue that the complications of postcolonial and racial relationships manifest physically through movement and shared space at ARI, both of which operate as tensions that support (and sometimes undermine) self-determination and survivance, key characteristics of decolonization. This analysis contributes to postcolonial scholarship by providing another means of conceptualizing movement and linking space to consubstantiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number725076
JournalFrontiers in Communication
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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