Beyond the 1930s: From Wartime Patriotism to Counter-Revolutionary Sentiment

Eugenia Lean

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Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932678 | DOI:
Beyond the 1930s: From Wartime Patriotism to Counter-Revolutionary Sentiment

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This chapter examines Shi Jianqiao's post-pardon career to inquire into the fate of sentiment beyond the 1930s and to address briefly the question of historical memory. In reviewing Shi Jianqiao's participation in War of Resistance relief efforts, it first offers a few thoughts regarding how Shi Jianqiao's feminized moral sentiment inspired the collective emotion of modern patriotism (aiguo) during the Japanese invasion of China in the late 1930s and 1940s. The second part of the chapter moves away from Shi Jianqiao's experiences during the War of Resistance to consider her fate after the 1949 Revolution. By reviewing two of her autobiographical accounts written in the 1960s, the chapter explores how the politics of the post-1949 era made her embodiment of qing highly problematic.

Keywords: War of Resistance; Shi Jianqiao; qing; China; Japanese invasion; 1949 Revolution

Chapter.  10633 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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