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When that other is Asia and the "Far East", it always seems as if the European intellectual must speak in absolute terms, making this other an utterly incomprehensible, terrifying, and fascinating spectacle ... [T]he "native" is turned into an absolute entity in the form of an image (the "empty" Japanese ritual or "China loam"), whose silence becomes the occasion for our speech. (Chow 33, 34)fatcat:6hy5epnle5chrpb23sulawi5ra