Epilogue <i>Manchuria in Memory and Myth</i>

Rana Mitter

in The Manchurian Myth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923881 | DOI:
Epilogue Manchuria in Memory and Myth

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Nationalism in the mid-1930s was a rising and clearly visible force in Chinese politics. A constructed image of heroism, tied inextricably to nationalism and set against a menacing invader, proved the catalyst for a sustained, solid discourse to emerge that did not recognize any ground between nationalist commitment and treachery. Distance from the events portrayed was essential for the effectiveness of the propaganda image shaped by the Manchurian nationalist activists of the Northeast National Salvation Society. The efforts of the NNSS and of the other sectors of Chinese society galvanized by the new narrative of resistance did not bring about an instant shift in the public attitude in the early 1930s, and nationalism's effectiveness still ebbed and flowed. Although the progenitors of the idea of the Manchurian resistance had disappeared from view, their legacy was not destroyed, but merely hidden beneath the surface of history.

Keywords: heroism; treachery; invader; resistance; progenitors

Chapter.  1743 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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