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This is an interdisciplinary study of the cultural politics of nationalism and national identities in modern East Asia. Combining theoretical insights with empirical research, it explores the cultural dimensions of nationhood and identity-making in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The essays address issues ranging from the complex relations between popular culture and national consciousness to the representation of ethnic/racial identity and gendered discourse on nationalism. The cutting-edge research on the diverse forms of cultural preacceptance and the various ways in which this participates in the construction and projection of national and ethnic identities in East Asia illuminates several understudied issues in Asian studies, including the ambiguity of Hong Kong identity during World War II and the intricate politics of the post-war Taiwanese trial of collaboration.
Addressing a wide range of theoretical and historical issues regarding cultural dimensions of nationalism and national identities all over East Asia, these essays draw insights from such recent theories as cultural studies, postcolonial theories, and archival-researched cultural anthropology. The book will be important reading for students of Asian studies as well as for serious readers interested in issues of nationalism and culture.
Kai-wing Chow is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Kevin Doak is Associate Professor of History. Poshek Fu is Associate Professor of History and Cinema Studies. All three teach at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
A nation can have its being only at the price of being forever in search of itself, forever transforming itself in the direction of its logical development, always measuring itself against others and identifying itself with the best, the most essential part of its being; a nation will recognize itself in certain stock images, in certain passwords known to the initiated.. . . It will recognize itself in a thousand touchstones, beliefs, ways of speech, excuses, in an unbounded subconscious, in the flowing together of many obscure currents, in a shared ideology, shared myths, shared fantasies.
--Fernand Braudel, The Identity of France
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|Pt. 1||Narrative Schemes, Language, and Printed Texts|
|1||Three Realms/Myriad Countries: An "Ethnography" of Other and the Re-bounding of Japan, 1550-1750||15|
|2||Narrating Nation, Race, and National Culture: Imagining the Hanzu Identity in Modern China||47|
|3||Narrating China, Ordering East Asia: The Discourse on Nation and Ethnicity in Imperial Japan||85|
|Pt. 2||Nostalgia and Loss in thbe Formation of Modern National Identity|
|4||Discoveries of the Horyuji||117|
|5||Political Ritual in the Early Republic of China||149|
|6||In Search of HISTORY in Democratic Korea: The Discourse of Modernity in Contemporary Historical Fiction||189|
|7||Cosmopolitanism and the Ideal Image of Nation in Communist Revolutionary Culture||215|
|Pt. 3||Diaspora, Gender, and Ambiguity of Identity|
|8||Between Nationalism and Colonialism: Mainland Emigres, Marginal Culture, Hong Kong Cinema, 1937-1941||247|
|9||Trials of the Taiwanese as Hanjian or War Criminals and the Postwar Search for Taiwanese Identity||279|
|10||The Sing-Song Girl and the Nation: Music and Media Culture in Republican Shanghai||317|
|11||Narratives of Exile and the Search for Homeland in Contemporary Korean Japanese Writings||343|
|12||The Regime of Authenticity: Timelessness, Gender, and National History in Modern China||359|