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Becoming "Japanese"Colonial Taiwan and the Politics of Identity Formation$
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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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From Mutineers to Volunteers

From Mutineers to Volunteers

The Musha Uprising and Aboriginal Representations of Savagery and Civility

(p.133) chapter four From Mutineers to Volunteers
Becoming "Japanese"

Leo T. S. Ching

University of California Press

This chapter examines the most deprived and marginalized population in the Japanese colonial hierarchy, the Taiwanese aborigines. The insertion of the aborigines has two important implications: (1) it points to the irreducibly uneven development in colonial society; and (2) the particular modes of production of the aborigines required the Japanese colonial authority to employ a more authoritarian rule with the aborigine population than with the Chinese–Taiwanese population in the plains. The 1930 Musha uprising constituted a historical event that signaled an unprecedented resistance by the colonized which deeply shook Japanese rule. After it, people encountered a visible shift in the representations of aborigines that were current in colonial culture.

Keywords:   Musha uprising, aborigines, marginalized population, Japanese rule, colonial authority

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