The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan

The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan

By: Frank Dikotte (editor)Hardback

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This work argues that, far from being a negligible aspect of contemporary identity, racialized senses of belonging have often been the foundation of national identity in 20th-century East Asia. The construction of symbolic boundaries between racial categories has undergone many transformations in China and Japan, but this text shows how the attempt to rationalize and rank differences between population groups remains widespread. The historical background and contemporary implications ofthese potentially explosive issues are addressed by the contributors to this volume.


Racial discourse in China - permutations and continuities; myths of descent - racialized hierarchies and nationalism in the PRC; imagining boundaries of blood in the thought of Zhang Binglin; the myth of the "Jewish Race" in modern China; racial metaphor in inner Mongolia; the racialization of Chinese ethnicity and the emergence of racial nationalism; discourses of race and nation in pre-1945 Japan; the dilemma of Kanbun in modern Japan; go-East imperialism and high-growth racism; the Ainu and the discourse of "race"; ant-semitism in 20th-century Japan; the racialized discourse of cultural difference in Japan.

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  • ISBN13: 9781850652878
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 276
  • ID: 9781850652878
  • weight: 600
  • ISBN10: 1850652872

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