Key Concept #24: Asiacentricity by Yoshitaka Miike

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC24: Asiacentricity by Yoshitaka Miike. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download.Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.


Miike, Y. (2014). Asiacentricity. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 24. Available from:

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Yoshitaka Miike Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesYoshitaka Miike is Professor of Intercultural Communication at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, where he has been on the faculty since 2004 and chaired the Department of Communication from 2013 to 2015.

Yoshitaka Miike

He teaches courses in the areas of Asian communication, intercultural communication, and communication ethics. He is Senior Fellow at the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies and Past Chair of the International and Intercultural Communication Division (IICD) of the National Communication Association (NCA). He was a member of the NCA Legislative Assembly from 2012 to 2014. He received an NCA IICD 2004 Distinguished Scholarship Award for the 2003 Outstanding Article of the Year. He holds one of the first M.A.s in Communication Studies from Dokkyo University (Japan) and earned, with distinction, his Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico (USA).

Dr. Miike is best known for his metatheory of Asiacentricity as an alternative paradigm for the study of Asian cultures and communication. He co-edited The Global Intercultural Communication Reader (2nd Edition, Routledge, 2014) and guest-edited four journal special issues/section on Asian communication theory. His numerous essays appeared in such outlets as Communication Monographs, Encyclopedia of Identity, Handbook of Communication Science, Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication, Howard Journal of Communications, Intercultural Communication: A Reader, International and Intercultural Communication Annual, International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy, Keio Communication Review, and Review of Communication. His recent research focuses on the history of the field of Asian communication theory, non-Western traditions of communication ethics, and aspects of Japanese culture and communication.

Dr. Miike currently serves on the editorial boards of the Asian Journal of Communication, China Media Research, Intercultural Communication Studies, International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Content, Community and Communication, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Universal Write. He has reviewed manuscripts for many national and international journals including Communication Yearbook, International Communication Gazette, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of International Communication, and Language and Intercultural Communication. He was Review Article Editor of the Journal of Multicultural Discourses for 2011-2016 and the 3rd Vice President of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association for 2006-2008.

Selected Publications:

Miike, Y. (2019). Intercultural communication ethics: An Asiacentric perspective. Journal of International Communication25(2), 159-192.

Miike, Y. (2019). The Asiacentric idea in communication: Understanding the significance of a paradigm. Seinan Studies in English Language and Literature, 60(1), 49-73.

Miike, Y. (2018). Asiacentricity. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication (Vol. 1, pp. 39-46). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Miike, Y. (2017). Between conflict and harmony in the human family: Asiacentricity and its ethical imperative for intercultural communication. In X. Dai & G.-M. Chen (Eds.), Conflict management and intercultural communication: The art of intercultural harmony (pp. 38-65). London, UK: Routledge.

Miike, Y. (2017). Non-Western theories of communication: Indigenous ideas and insights. In L. Chen (Ed.), Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 9. Intercultural communication (pp. 67-97). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.

Miike, Y. (2016). Asiacentricity. In K. B. Jensen & R. T. Craig (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of communication theory and philosophy (pp. 126-130). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Miike, Y. (2016). Asian communication studies at the crossroads: A view to the future from an Asiacentric framework. Journal of Content, Community and Communication, 3, 1-6.

Miike, Y. (2016). Theoretical perspectives on culture and communication: An Asiacentric bibliography. China Media Research, 12(4), 93-104.

Miike, Y. (2015). “Harmony without uniformity”: An Asiacentric worldview and its communicative implications. In L. A. Samovar, R. E. Porter, E. R. McDaniel, & C. S. Roy (Eds.), Intercultural communication: A reader (14th ed., pp. 27-41). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Miike, Y., & Yin, J. (2015). Asiacentricity and shapes of the future: Envisioning the field of intercultural communication in the globalization era. In L. A. Samovar, R. E. Porter, E. R. McDaniel, & C. S. Roy (Eds.), Intercultural communication: A reader (14th ed., pp. 449-465). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Miike, Y. (2014). The Asiacentric turn in Asian communication studies: Shifting paradigms and changing perspectives. In M. K. Asante, Y. Miike, & J. Yin (Eds.), The global intercultural communication reader (2nd ed., pp. 111-133). New York, NY: Routledge.

Miike, Y. (2014). Intercultural communication as a field of study: A selected bibliography of theory and research. In M. K. Asante, Y. Miike, & J. Yin (Eds.), The global intercultural communication reader (2nd ed., pp. 515-556). New York, NY: Routledge.

Asante, M. K., & Miike, Y. (2013). Paradigmatic issues in intercultural communication studies: An Afrocentric-Asiacentric dialogue. China Media Research, 9(3), 1-19.