Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and its Contested Legacy

Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and its Contested Legacy


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Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and its Contested Legacy by Andrew D. Morris

Colonial agents worked for fifty years to make a Japanese Taiwan, using technology, culture, statistics, trade, and modern ideologies to remake their new territory according to evolving ideas of Japanese empire. Since the end of the Pacific War, this project has been remembered, imagined, nostalgized, erased, commodified, manipulated, idealized and condemned by different sectors of Taiwan's population.

The volume covers a range of topics, including colonial-era photography, exploration, postwar deportation, sport, film, media, economic planning, contemporary Japanese influences on Taiwanese popular culture, and recent nostalgia for and misunderstandings about the colonial era.

Japanese Taiwan provides an interdisciplinary perspective on these related processes of colonization and decolonization, explaining how the memories, scars and traumas of the colonial era have been utilized during the postwar period. It provides a unique critique of the 'Japaneseness' of the erstwhile Chinese Taiwan, thus bringing new scholarship to bear on problems in contemporary East Asian politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350022577
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/26/2017
Series: SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew D. Morris is Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, USA. He is author of Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan (2010) and Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China (2004).

Table of Contents

1. Living As Left Behind in Postcolonial Taiwan Andrew D. Morris (California Polytechnic State University, USA)
Part I: Making Japanese Taiwan
2. Colonial Itineraries: Japanese Photography in Taiwan Joseph R. Allen (University of Minnesota, USA)
3. Tangled up in Red: Textiles, Trading Posts and the Emergence of Indigenous Modernity in Japanese Taiwan Paul D. Barclay (Lafayette College, USA)
4. Making Natives: Japan and the Creation of Indigenous Formosa Scott Simon (University of Ottawa, Canada)
5. Ethnicity, Mortality and the Shinchiku (Xinzhu) Advantage in Colonial Taiwan John R. Shepherd (University of Virginia, USA)
Part II: Remembering Japanese Taiwan
6. Closing a Colony: The Meanings of Japanese Deportation from Taiwan after World War II Evan N. Dawley (Goucher College, USA)
7. Ethnic Diversity, Two-Layered Colonization and Modern Taiwanese Attitudes toward Japan Chih Huei Huang (Academa Sinica, Taiwan)
8. Oh Sadaharu / Wang Zhenzhi and the Possibility of Chineseness in 1960s Taiwan Andrew D. Morris
9. Haunted Island: Reflections on the Japanese Colonial Era in Taiwanese Cinema Corrado Neri (Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, France)
10. Reliving the Past: The Narrative Themes of Repetition and Continuity in Japan-Taiwan News Coverage Jens Sejrup (Lund University, Sweden)
11. Drinking Modernity: Sexuality and the Sanitation of Space in Taiwan's Coffee Shops Marc L. Moskowitz (University of South Carolina, USA)

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