The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan / Edition 1

The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan / Edition 1

by Frank Dikotter
     
 

Far from being a negligible aspect of contemporary identity, racialised senses of belonging have often been the very foundation of national, identity in East Asia in the twentieth century. As this volume shows, the construction of symbolic boundaries between racial categories has undergone many transformations in China and Japan, but the attempt to rationalise and… See more details below

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Far from being a negligible aspect of contemporary identity, racialised senses of belonging have often been the very foundation of national, identity in East Asia in the twentieth century. As this volume shows, the construction of symbolic boundaries between racial categories has undergone many transformations in China and Japan, but the attempt to rationalise and rank real and imagined differences between population groups remains wide-spread. In an era of economic globalisation and political depolarisation, racial discrimination has increased in East Asia, affecting the human rights of marginalised groups and collective perceptions of the world order. The historical background and contemporary implications of these potentially explosive issues are addressed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824819194
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
The Contributors
Introduction1
Pt. IChina
Racial Discourse in China: Continuities and Permutations12
Imagining Boundaries of Blood: Zhang Binglin and the Invention of the Han 'Race' in Modern China34
Youtai: The Myth of the 'Jew' in Modern China53
Myths of Descent, Racial Nationalism and Ethnic Minorities in the People's Republic of China75
Pt. IIJapan
The Invention of Identity: Race and Nation in Pre-war Japan96
'Same Language, Same Race': The Dilemma of Kanbun in Modern Japan118
The Ainu and the Discourse of 'Race'136
Rethinking Race for Manchukuo: Self and Other in the Colonial Context158
Anti-Semitism in Japan: Its History and Current Implications177
The Discourse on Blood and Racial Identity in Contemporary Japan199
Index

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