This issue starts with a eulogy to one of our editorial board members, Fr. Soosai Arokiasamy, SJ, who has passed away on April 20, 2012 at the age of 75. In the tribute, Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR, his close friend and fellow editorial board member, presents a glimpse of his life, personality and achievements in warm reminiscences and thankful appreciation.
***************** The present issue addresses the “postcolonialism”―whatever meaning one may give to this controversial term―from Asian Christian perspectives.The end of the colonial era has arrived to many nations in Asia at their hard-won independence from the West and Japan. Yet, it does not mean that colonialism has died out. Even today, these countries are still susceptible to penetrating influence of ex-colonizers and new colonizers who seek to continuesubjugating, controlling and exploiting the majority of the people.Such influence is exerted not only through political, economic and military maneuvers, but also through cultural, intellectual, ideological and even religious apparatus.In a sense, therefore, the "postcolonial" Asia has entered a new stage of a more tacit and more sophisticated rule and control by "colonizers"―of foreign, native or hybrid origins―under the global capitalism.Such a "postcolonial" situation calls for a Christian response as much as the colonialism itself did. Not only that we disciples of Christ cannot remain unaffected by or indifferent to people's suffering caused by the global structure of injustice, but also that we must be able to clearly identify and fight against such post/neo-colonial structure, including its religious and theological manifestations which could make us complicit with that structure.
At the same time, such an undertaking prompts us to consider the whole discourse of "postcolonialism," now in wide currency in academy today.What does "postcolonial" mean, indeed? And how does it address or correspond to Asian realities? These questions, among others, invite critical reflections.Thus the authors of the present volume discuss various "postcolonial" situations and responses to them in today's Asia, and/or problematize the “postcolonial” discourse itself. It is hoped that these contributions will be of help for readers in their coming terms with their own contexts in the “postcolonial” world.My special thanks are to Prof. Dr. Wong Wai Ching Angela of our editorial board for her helpful suggestions, ideas and initiatives in formulating the present issue. *****************This issue’s book reviews are: Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today by Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder (reviewed by Anselm K. Min) and A Preface to an Indian Christology by Subash Anand (reviewed by Thomas Thangaraj).
***************** Before closing, the entire team of Asian Christian Review renews its condolences and wholehearted thanks to our beloved colleague, Fr. Soosai Arokiasamy, and prays that his soul may rest in peace. Kiyoshi Seko