… on the one hand, the need to fight against imperialist oppression — which may well require manufacture in the future of the national community as the subject of modernity — is far from diminished in the world today, and, on the other hand, the homogenization of that national community could too often lead to the tremendous victimization of those who are culturally and linguistically heterogeneous.

However, unbearable it may be … we have to live with this ambivalence.

– Naoki Sakai, Translation and Subjectivity (Minneapolis: U of Minneapolis Press, 1997), p. 39.