Memories of the Japanese Empire : Comparison of the Colonial and Decolonisation Experiences in Taiwan and Nan’yo-gunto book cover
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Memories of the Japanese Empire
Comparison of the Colonial and Decolonisation Experiences in Taiwan and Nan’yo-gunto

Edited By

Yuko Mio

ISBN 9780367677466
Published July 9, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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The contributors to this book examine and compare the colonial and decolonisation experiences of people in Taiwan and Nan’yō Guntō – Micronesia - who underwent periods of rule by the Greater Japanese Empire. Early anthropological theory of western imperialist countries focussed on transforming "savage" cultures by ruling in a high-handed manner. When Japan asserted its hegemony through sudden colonisation, its culture was perceived as inferior to the civilisation indices previously experienced by those it ruled. How did these ruled nations construct their cultural and historical awareness in areas where the strategic design of Japan’s "civilising mission" was not convincing? After the end of World War II many emerging countries in the Third World achieved independence through various negotiations or struggles with their former colonial powers and built new relationships with their erstwhile rulers. However, after Japan’s defeat, Taiwan and Nan’yō Guntō became ruled by new foreign governments. How did Japan’s reign and transplanted Japanese culture affect the formation of historical awareness and cultural construction of present day communities in these two regions? A fascinating ethnographic insight into the affects of empire and colonisation on the historic imagination, that will be of great interest to historical anthropologists of Taiwan, Japan and the Pacific.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Yuko MIO) PART I Recognition of the Japanese Colonial Era 1. The ‘Japanisation’ of the Taiwanese Lifeworld during and after the Colonial Period: With Reference to Nan’yō Guntō (Hiroko UENO) 2. The Realities of Palauan Colonial Experiences (Maki MITA) 3. Multi-layered ‘Colonial Experience’: Collisions, Contacts, and Re-encounters of the Bunun with ‘Japan’ (Naoki ISHIGAKI) PART II Living after the War 4. The ‘Crossover Generation’: Residents of Taiwan’s East Coast under Multi-layered Foreign Rule (Kazuyuki NISHIMURA) 5. Christian Nursing Care for the Japanese-speaking Elderly in Taiwan: Analysis of the Official Newsletters of Gyokulansou (Yohei FUJINO) 6. Palau Sakura Kai: An Association of Palauans of Japanese Ancestry (Shingo IITAKA) PART III Objects and Memories 7. Significance of Heritage in Decolonisation: Taiwanese Colonial Experiences and their Appropriation of Japan’s Imperial-Era Buildings (Hisahiko KAMIZURU) 8. Two Monuments in Majuro Atoll and Economic Development: A Case Study of the East Pacific Monument to the War Dead and the Seion-Kinenhi (Takehiro KUROSAKI) 9. Multi-layered Realms of Memory: A Diachronic Study of the Commemoration of the the Mudanshe Incident in Taiwan (Maoko MIYAOKA)

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Yuko MIO is Professor at Keio University. She specialises in the anthropological study of East Asia, with an emphasis on folk religion, and the social memory of subjects of the Japanese administration in Taiwan. Her publications include, Historical Ethnography of Wang Ye Worship: The Dynamics of Han Chinese Folk Belief in Taiwan (in Chinese, 2018), written Introduction to: The 5th JASCA International Symposium ‘The Internationalization/Globalization of Anthropology in East Asia: Taiwan and Japan’ (2019) and ‘Domestication of Colonial and War Experience: A Case Study of a Japanese Deified in Taiwan’, (in Japanese, 2017).