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Becoming "Japanese": Colonial Taiwan and the Politics of Identity Formation

Leo Ching


In 1895 Japan acquired Taiwan as its first formal colony after a resounding victory in the Sino-Japanese war. For the next fifty years, Japanese rule devastated and transformed the entire socioeconomic and political fabric of Taiwanese society. This book examines the formation of Taiwanese political and cultural identities under the dominant Japanese colonial discourse of assimilation (dôka) and imperialization (kôminka) from the early 1920s to the end of the Japanese Empire in 1945. It analyzes the ways in which the Taiwanese struggled, negotiated, and collaborated with Japanese colonialism d ... More

Keywords: Sino-Japanese war, dôka, assimilation, imperialization, kôminka, Japanese Empire, Taiwanese collaboration, Japanese colonialism, colonial identity, nationalist China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520225510
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leo Ching, author