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From Mutineers to Volunteers

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225510.003.0004
From Mutineers to Volunteers

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This chapter examines the most deprived and marginalized population in the Japanese colonial hierarchy, the Taiwanese aborigines. The insertion of the aborigines has two important implications: (1) it points to the irreducibly uneven development in colonial society; and (2) the particular modes of production of the aborigines required the Japanese colonial authority to employ a more authoritarian rule with the aborigine population than with the Chinese–Taiwanese population in the plains. The 1930 Musha uprising constituted a historical event that signaled an unprecedented resistance by the colonized which deeply shook Japanese rule. After it, people encountered a visible shift in the representations of aborigines that were current in colonial culture.

Keywords: Musha uprising; aborigines; marginalized population; Japanese rule; colonial authority

Chapter.  13413 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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