Becoming "Japanese": Colonial Taiwan and the Politics of Identity Formation

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University of California Press, Jun 30, 2001 - History - 263 pages
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In 1895 Japan acquired Taiwan as its first formal colony after a resounding victory in the Sino-Japanese war. For the next fifty years, Japanese rule devastated and transformed the entire socioeconomic and political fabric of Taiwanese society. In Becoming Japanese, Leo Ching examines the formation of Taiwanese political and cultural identities under the dominant Japanese colonial discourse of assimilation (dôka) and imperialization (kôminka) from the early 1920s to the end of the Japanese Empire in 1945.

Becoming Japanese analyzes the ways in which the Taiwanese struggled, negotiated, and collaborated with Japanese colonialism during the cultural practices of assimilation and imperialization. It chronicles a historiography of colonial identity formations that delineates the shift from a collective and heterogeneous political horizon into a personal and inner struggle of "becoming Japanese." Representing Japanese colonialism in Taiwan as a topography of multiple associations and identifications made possible through the triangulation of imperialist Japan, nationalist China, and colonial Taiwan, Ching demonstrates the irreducible tension and contradiction inherent in the formations and transformations of colonial identities. Throughout the colonial period, Taiwanese elites imagined and constructed China as a discursive space where various forms of cultural identification and national affiliation were projected. Successfully bridging history and literary studies, this bold and imaginative book rethinks the history of Japanese rule in Taiwan by radically expanding its approach to colonial discourses.
 

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Contents

Those Who Once Were Japanese
1
Colonizing Taiwan Japanese Colonialism Decolonization and the Politics of Colonialism Studies
15
Estangled Oppositions Affliations
51
Between Assimilation and Imperialization From Colonial Projects to Imperial Subjects
89
From Mutineers to Volunteers The Mtisha Uprising and Aboriginal Representations of Savagery and Civility
133
Into the Muddy Stream Triple Consciousness and Colonial Historiography in The Orphan of Asia
174
Notes
211
Bibliography
235
Index
245
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Leo Ching is Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature at Duke University.

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