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TitleThe Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan
Authors
KeywordsChina- Race relations
Japan - race relations
Asians - race identity
Issue Date1997
PublisherHong Kong University Press
DescriptionFar from being a negligible aspect of contemporary identity, racialised senses ofbelonging have often been the very foundation ofnational identity in East Asia in the twentieth century. As this volume shows, the construction of symbolic boundaries between racial categories has undergone many transformations in China and Japan, but the attempt to rationahse and rank real and imagined differences between population groups remains widespread. In an era of economic globalisation and political depolarisation, racial discrimination has increased in East Asia, affecting the human rights of marginahsed groups and collective perceptions of the world order. The historical background and contemporary implications of these potentially explosive issues are addressed. 'This book brings together some of the most perceptive recent scholarship on the issues related to the Chinese religion of "Chineseness" that will help the reader understand the vital origins of attitudes and beliefs that shape China's views of itself and how it demands to be seen by other countries. 'Similarly, the material on Japan is of great relevance for readers and scholars worldng in areas related to Chinese studies, Japanese economics, politics, culture and history. So powerful and persuasive have the formulations of the unique and unified lineage of the Japanese "race" been in this century that they have acquired a breath-taking pedagogical and media authority. Through their analyses of the "united race" rhetoric of Japanese uniqueness, the racial policies of Japanese imperial expansion into Manchuria from the 1930s, and the use of kanbun in the education system, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how the process of modern myth-making and racial identity politics has been at work in the pre-eminent economic power of the region.' - Geremie P,. Barme, Australian National University. In an era of economic globalisation and political depolarisation, racial discrimination has increased in East Asia, affecting the human rights of marginahsed groups and collective perceptions of the world order. The historical background and contemporary implications of these potentially explosive issues are addressed. 'This book brings together some of the most perceptive recent scholarship on the issues related to the Chinese religion of "Chineseness" that will help the reader understand the vital origins of attitudes and beliefs that shape China's views of itself and how it demands to be seen by other countries. 'Similarly, the material on Japan is of great relevance for readers and scholars worldng in areas related to Chinese studies, Japanese economics, politics, culture and history. So powerful and persuasive have the formulations of the unique and unified lineage of the Japanese "race" been in this century that they have acquired a breath-taking pedagogical and media authority. Through their analyses of the "united race" rhetoric of Japanese uniqueness, the racial policies of Japanese imperial expansion into Manchuria from the 1930s, and the use of kanbun in the education system, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how the process of modern myth-making and racial identity politics has been at work in the pre-eminent economic power of the region.' - Geremie P,. Barme, Australian National University.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44019
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dc.contributor.authorDikotter, F-
dc.date.accessioned2007-05-14T01:25:11Z-
dc.date.available2007-05-14T01:25:11Z-
dc.date.issued1997-
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44019-
dc.descriptionFar from being a negligible aspect of contemporary identity, racialised senses ofbelonging have often been the very foundation ofnational identity in East Asia in the twentieth century. As this volume shows, the construction of symbolic boundaries between racial categories has undergone many transformations in China and Japan, but the attempt to rationahse and rank real and imagined differences between population groups remains widespread. In an era of economic globalisation and political depolarisation, racial discrimination has increased in East Asia, affecting the human rights of marginahsed groups and collective perceptions of the world order. The historical background and contemporary implications of these potentially explosive issues are addressed. 'This book brings together some of the most perceptive recent scholarship on the issues related to the Chinese religion of "Chineseness" that will help the reader understand the vital origins of attitudes and beliefs that shape China's views of itself and how it demands to be seen by other countries. 'Similarly, the material on Japan is of great relevance for readers and scholars worldng in areas related to Chinese studies, Japanese economics, politics, culture and history. So powerful and persuasive have the formulations of the unique and unified lineage of the Japanese "race" been in this century that they have acquired a breath-taking pedagogical and media authority. Through their analyses of the "united race" rhetoric of Japanese uniqueness, the racial policies of Japanese imperial expansion into Manchuria from the 1930s, and the use of kanbun in the education system, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how the process of modern myth-making and racial identity politics has been at work in the pre-eminent economic power of the region.' - Geremie P,. Barme, Australian National University. In an era of economic globalisation and political depolarisation, racial discrimination has increased in East Asia, affecting the human rights of marginahsed groups and collective perceptions of the world order. The historical background and contemporary implications of these potentially explosive issues are addressed. 'This book brings together some of the most perceptive recent scholarship on the issues related to the Chinese religion of "Chineseness" that will help the reader understand the vital origins of attitudes and beliefs that shape China's views of itself and how it demands to be seen by other countries. 'Similarly, the material on Japan is of great relevance for readers and scholars worldng in areas related to Chinese studies, Japanese economics, politics, culture and history. So powerful and persuasive have the formulations of the unique and unified lineage of the Japanese "race" been in this century that they have acquired a breath-taking pedagogical and media authority. Through their analyses of the "united race" rhetoric of Japanese uniqueness, the racial policies of Japanese imperial expansion into Manchuria from the 1930s, and the use of kanbun in the education system, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how the process of modern myth-making and racial identity politics has been at work in the pre-eminent economic power of the region.' - Geremie P,. Barme, Australian National University.en
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dc.publisherHong Kong University Pressen
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectChina- Race relationsen
dc.subjectJapan - race relationsen
dc.subjectAsians - race identityen
dc.titleThe Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japanen
dc.typeBooken
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