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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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“Into the Muddy Stream”

“Into the Muddy Stream”

Triple Consciousness and Colonial Historiography in The Orphan of Asia

(p.174) chapter five “Into the Muddy Stream”
Becoming "Japanese"

Leo T. S. Ching

University of California Press

The reconstitution of consciousness offers a more historical and thus critical alternative in conceptualizing colonial violence than the politics of identity. The Orphan of Asia exhibits the symptom of channeling political impossibility into a personalized struggle over identity. It presents a parable of Taiwan's gradual “coming into being” with the intensification of colonial rule and its disillusion with Chinese nationalism. It also became indicative of the historical moment when the intensifying Pacific war had precluded any revolutionary or reformist corrective to Japanese colonialism, and when China and Chinese nationalism no longer provided a clear and viable alternative to Taiwan's emancipation.

Keywords:   Japanese, Chinese nationalism, colonialism, colonial rule, Orphan of Asia

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