Formations of Colonial Modernity in East Asia

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822319436
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: a positions book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 453
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tani E. Barlow is a historian of modern China, teaching in the women’s studies program at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

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
Contributors 447
Index 449
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