Victors or Victims?

Peter Hays Gries

in China's New Nationalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780520232976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931947 | DOI:
Victors or Victims?

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This chapter examines Chinese narratives about China's wars with Japan. It explains that stories about the Sino-Japanese Jiawu War of 1894–1895 and World War 2 continue to drive the Chinese's views of Japan and of themselves. The chapter observes that a self-image of “China as victim” is increasingly vying with “China as victor” in the stories Chinese today tell about past wars with Japan, and suggests that these debates reveal a great deal about recent changes to Chinese national identity.

Keywords: China; Sino-Japanese war; Japan; Jiawu War; World War 2; national identity

Chapter.  7067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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