Chapter

“Into the Muddy Stream”

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/9780520225510.003.0005
“Into the Muddy Stream”

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The reconstitution of consciousness offers a more historical and thus critical alternative in conceptualizing colonial violence than the politics of identity. The Orphan of Asia exhibits the symptom of channeling political impossibility into a personalized struggle over identity. It presents a parable of Taiwan's gradual “coming into being” with the intensification of colonial rule and its disillusion with Chinese nationalism. It also became indicative of the historical moment when the intensifying Pacific war had precluded any revolutionary or reformist corrective to Japanese colonialism, and when China and Chinese nationalism no longer provided a clear and viable alternative to Taiwan's emancipation.

Keywords: Japanese; Chinese nationalism; colonialism; colonial rule; Orphan of Asia

Chapter.  12163 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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