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Leo Ching

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225510

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225510.001.0001

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Between Assimilation and Imperialization

Between Assimilation and Imperialization

From Colonial Projects to Imperial Subjects

(p.89) chapter three Between Assimilation and Imperialization
Becoming "Japanese"

Leo T. S. Ching

University of California Press

“Imperialization” or kôminka is not the only “conviction” in becoming Japanese through “faith” in the Emperor, but the externalization of colonial ideology was remarkably demonstrated by the opening epigraphs. The author argues with the interrogation into the ideology kôminka necessarily exposing the colonial myth of dôka or “assimilation” that allegedly preceded and made possible the arrival of kôminka. In the study of Japanese colonialism, kôminka was an extension of dôka on a linear and consistent trajectory of Japanese colonial policy. The author also argues that dôka, as a colonial ideology, represented a generalized field of the colonial project which defined a coherent philosophy or systematic policy.

Keywords:   Japanese, imperialization, dôka, kôminka, ideology, colonial projects

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