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Life During Wartime

James Carter

in Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398854
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398854.003.0009
Life During Wartime

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Tanxu spent much of his career in Qingdao under Japanese occupation. Typically, men in his position are characterized as collaborators or resistors: did he serve his new masters, or struggle against the occupation? This chapter struggles to understand this period given Tanxu’s silence on the subject. The chapter argues that resistance and collaboration must be understood as a continuum, along which everyone who lives through the experience of occupation falls. Tanxu neither actively aided, nor actively fought against, the Japanese occupiers, and making sense of his accommodation to this situation gives insights into the dynamics of moral decision-making.

Keywords: Qingdao; resistance; collaboration; nationalism; Shandong; Japanese occupation; Sino-Japanese War (1937–45)

Chapter.  7724 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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