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The Manchurian MythNationalism, Resistance, and Collaboration in Modern China$
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Rana Mitter

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520221116

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520221116.001.0001

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Epilogue Manchuria in Memory and Myth

Epilogue Manchuria in Memory and Myth

(p.225) Chapter 8 Epilogue Manchuria in Memory and Myth
The Manchurian Myth

Rana Mitter

University of California Press

Nationalism in the mid-1930s was a rising and clearly visible force in Chinese politics. A constructed image of heroism, tied inextricably to nationalism and set against a menacing invader, proved the catalyst for a sustained, solid discourse to emerge that did not recognize any ground between nationalist commitment and treachery. Distance from the events portrayed was essential for the effectiveness of the propaganda image shaped by the Manchurian nationalist activists of the Northeast National Salvation Society. The efforts of the NNSS and of the other sectors of Chinese society galvanized by the new narrative of resistance did not bring about an instant shift in the public attitude in the early 1930s, and nationalism's effectiveness still ebbed and flowed. Although the progenitors of the idea of the Manchurian resistance had disappeared from view, their legacy was not destroyed, but merely hidden beneath the surface of history.

Keywords:   heroism, treachery, invader, resistance, progenitors

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