The first study of colonial Taiwan in English, this volume
brings together seventeen essays by leading scholars to construct a
comprehensive cultural history of Taiwan under Japanese rule.
Contributors from the United States, Japan, and Taiwan explore a
number of topics through a variety of theoretical, comparative, and
postcolonial perspectives, painting a complex and nuanced portrait
of a pivotal time in the formation of Taiwanese national
Essays are grouped into four categories: rethinking colonialism
and modernity; colonial policy and cultural change; visual culture
and literary expressions; and from colonial rule to postcolonial
independence. Their unique analysis considers all elements of the
Taiwanese colonial experience, concentrating on land surveys and
the census; transcolonial coordination; the education and
recruitment of the cultural elite; the evolution of print culture
and national literature; the effects of subjugation, coercion,
discrimination, and governmentality; and the root causes of the
ethnic violence that dominated the postcolonial era.
The contributors encourage readers to rethink issues concerning
history and ethnicity, cultural hegemony and resistance, tradition
and modernity, and the romancing of racial identity. Their
examination not only provides a singular understanding of Taiwan's
colonial past, but also offers insight into Taiwan's relationship
with China, Japan, and the United States today. Focusing on a
crucial period in which the culture and language of Taiwan, China,
and Japan became inextricably linked, Taiwan Under Japanese
Colonial Rule effectively broadens the critique of colonialism
and modernity in East Asia.
Subjects: History, Sociology
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