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The essays in Formations of Colonial Modernity in East Asia challenge the idea that notions of modernity and colonialism are mere imports from the West, and show how colonial modernity has evolved from and into unique forms throughout Asia. Although the modernity of non-European colonies is as indisputable as the colonial core of European modernity, until recently East Asian scholarship has tried to view Asian colonialism through the paradigm of colonial India (for instance), failing to recognize anti-imperialist nationalist impulses within differing Asian countries and regions.
Demonstrating an impatience with social science models of knowledge, the contributors show that binary categories focused on during the Cold War are no longer central to the project of history writing. By bringing together articles previously published in the journal positions: east asia cultures critique, editor Tani Barlow has demonstrated how scholars construct identity and history, providing cultural critics with new ways to think about these concepts—in the context of Asia and beyond.
Chapters address topics such as the making of imperial subjects in Okinawa, politics and the body social in colonial Hong Kong, and the discourse of decolonization and popular memory in South Korea. This is an invaluable collection for students and scholars of Asian studies, postcolonial studies, and anthropology.
Contributors. Charles K. Armstrong, Tani E. Barlow, Fred Y. L. Chiu, Chungmoo Choi, Alan S. Christy, Craig Clunas, James A. Fujii, James L. Hevia, Charles Shiro Inouye, Lydia H. Liu, Miriam Silverberg, Tomiyama Ichiro, Wang Hui
|Introduction: On "Colonial Modernity"||1|
|The Fate of "Mr. Science" in China: The Concept of Science and Its Application in Modern Chinese Thought||21|
|Translingual Practice: The Discourse of Individualism between China and the West||83|
|Leaving a Brand on China: Missionary Discourse in the Wake of the Boxer Movement||113|
|The Making of Imperial Subjects in Okinawa||141|
|Writing Out Asia: Modernity, Canon, and Natsume Soseki's Kokoro||171|
|Colonialism and the Sciences of the Tropical Zone: The Academic Analysis of Difference in "the Island Peoples"||199|
|In the Scopic Regime of Discovery: Ishikawa Takuboku's Diary in Roman Script and the Gendered Premise of Self-Identity||223|
|Remembering Pearl Harbor, Forgetting Charlie Chaplin, and the Case of the Disappearing Western Woman: A Picture Story||249|
|Politics and the Body Social in Colonial Hong Kong||295|
|Surveillance and Punishment in Postliberation North Korea||323|
|The Discourse of Decolonization and Popular Memory: South Korea||349|
|[actual symbol not reproducible] Career in Postwar China Studies||373|
|Oriental Antiquities/Far Eastern Art||413|