Between Assimilation and Imperialization

Leo T. S. Ching

in Becoming "Japanese"

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925755 | DOI:
Between Assimilation and Imperialization

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“Imperialization” or kôminka is not the only “conviction” in becoming Japanese through “faith” in the Emperor, but the externalization of colonial ideology was remarkably demonstrated by the opening epigraphs. The author argues with the interrogation into the ideology kôminka necessarily exposing the colonial myth of dôka or “assimilation” that allegedly preceded and made possible the arrival of kôminka. In the study of Japanese colonialism, kôminka was an extension of dôka on a linear and consistent trajectory of Japanese colonial policy. The author also argues that dôka, as a colonial ideology, represented a generalized field of the colonial project which defined a coherent philosophy or systematic policy.

Keywords: Japanese; imperialization; dôka; kôminka; ideology; colonial projects

Chapter.  14627 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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