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Nietzsche, Heidegger and Colonialism
Occupying South East Asia

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ISBN 9780367547875
May 4, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

This text argues that Nietzsche’s idea of invalid policy that is believed to be valid and Heidegger’s concept of doubt as the reason for a representation are essentially the same idea. Using this insight, the text investigates vignettes from colonial occupation in southeast Asia and its protest occupations to contend that untruth, covered in camouflages of constancy and morality, has been a powerful force in Asian history. The Nietzschean inflections applied here include Superhumanity, the eternal return of trauma, the critiques of morality, and the moralization of guilt. Many ideas familiar to the Heideggerian repertoire are used including the struggle for individual validity amidst the debasement and imbalance of Dasein. Thrownness, and the remnant cultural power of Christianity, are also deployed in a searching exposé of colonial practices. The book gives detailed treatment to post-colonial Malaya (1963), Japanese occupied Hong Kong (1941–1945), the tussle with communism in Cold War Singapore and Malaya and the question of Kuomintang KMT validity in Hong Kong (1945–1949) and British Malaya (1950–1953). The book explains the old struggles for freedom and identity in the Hong Kong protest movement (2014–2020) by showing how economic distortion caused by landlordism has been covered by aspirations for freedom.

Table of Contents

1. Openings

2. Heidegger and Nietzsche

3. Statues: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1963)

4. Judging Occupied Streets, Hong Kong (2014–2018)

5. Representation in ‘Captured’ Japanese Hong Kong (19411945)

6. Dasein of the Chrysanthemum Collaborators, Hong Kong (1941–1944)

7. Fading Validity: KMT Nationalism in Hong Kong (1946–1950)

8. Representing Christendom: Singapore’s Maria Hertogh Riots (1950)

9. The Commission of Inquiry into the 1950 Singapore Riots (1951)

10. The KMT in British Malaya: Failing Futurism (1950–1953)

11. Lee’s Favourite Communist, Singapore (1956–1969)

12. The Recurrence in British Interventions, Singapore (1962–1965)

13. Landlordism and Democracy in Modern Hong Kong (20192020)

14. Closings

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R.B.E. Price is a lecturer in law in the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Australia.