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Article: What Does It Mean by “Being Colonized”? Reflections on the Japanese Colonial Policies in Taiwan

TitleWhat Does It Mean by “Being Colonized”? Reflections on the Japanese Colonial Policies in Taiwan
Authors
KeywordsColonization
Resistance
Collaboration
Cultural policy
Japanese colonial rule in Taiwan
Issue Date2013
PublisherJapan Institute for Group Dynamics. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jgd
Citation
Journal of Group Dynamics, 2013, v. 30, p. 342-360 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper is an anthropological attempt to make sense why so many facets of the Taiwanese social life including language, food, entertainment, medical care, living environment, ritual, and architecture are underlined by a surprisingly strong “Japanese” ambiance. But what is more surprising is when asked why their behavior often showed definite Japanese traces, Taiwanese people explained without a second thought that these were the ways that they had always followed. In other words, to them, all these “Japanized” customs and practices are not Japanese, but essentially Taiwanese. Through an examination of the Japanese colonial policiesin Taiwan from 1895 to 1945, we shall demonstrate how and why Taiwanese people could be colonized by the alien Japanese colonial forces. Of course, native Taiwanese people did not just receive what was imposed on them. They did resist, recast or manipulate the alien Japanese foreign forces in their own terms, or for their own benefits. However, by attempting to negotiate with the colonial forces, local people ultimately entered into the game of the colonizer. Thus they are not playing their own but others’ game. In the course of engaging themselves into the game of the colonizer, native people could not but succumb themselves to the alien way of seeing and being, with their consciousness being colonized by the alien signs and practices which, as we shall argue, tells what it means by “being colonized”.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202393

 

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dc.contributor.authorWong, HWen_US
dc.contributor.authorYau, HYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T07:48:04Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T07:48:04Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Group Dynamics, 2013, v. 30, p. 342-360en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202393-
dc.description.abstractThis paper is an anthropological attempt to make sense why so many facets of the Taiwanese social life including language, food, entertainment, medical care, living environment, ritual, and architecture are underlined by a surprisingly strong “Japanese” ambiance. But what is more surprising is when asked why their behavior often showed definite Japanese traces, Taiwanese people explained without a second thought that these were the ways that they had always followed. In other words, to them, all these “Japanized” customs and practices are not Japanese, but essentially Taiwanese. Through an examination of the Japanese colonial policiesin Taiwan from 1895 to 1945, we shall demonstrate how and why Taiwanese people could be colonized by the alien Japanese colonial forces. Of course, native Taiwanese people did not just receive what was imposed on them. They did resist, recast or manipulate the alien Japanese foreign forces in their own terms, or for their own benefits. However, by attempting to negotiate with the colonial forces, local people ultimately entered into the game of the colonizer. Thus they are not playing their own but others’ game. In the course of engaging themselves into the game of the colonizer, native people could not but succumb themselves to the alien way of seeing and being, with their consciousness being colonized by the alien signs and practices which, as we shall argue, tells what it means by “being colonized”.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJapan Institute for Group Dynamics. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jgden_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Group Dynamicsen_US
dc.subjectColonization-
dc.subjectResistance-
dc.subjectCollaboration-
dc.subjectCultural policy-
dc.subjectJapanese colonial rule in Taiwan-
dc.titleWhat Does It Mean by “Being Colonized”? Reflections on the Japanese Colonial Policies in Taiwanen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailWong, HW: hwwongc@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityWong, HW=rp01232en_US
dc.description.naturelink_to_OA_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.11245/jgd.30.342-
dc.identifier.hkuros235793en_US
dc.identifier.volume30en_US
dc.identifier.spage342en_US
dc.identifier.epage360en_US
dc.identifier.eissn2187-2872-
dc.publisher.placeJapanen_US

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