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Memorializing Colonialism: Images of the Japanese Occupation of Indonesia in Japanese Popular Theatre

Memorializing Colonialism: Images of the Japanese Occupation of Indonesia in Japanese Popular... Abstract: This article explores representations of the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in two examples of Japanese popular theatre. The first example is from a Takarazuka production that pre-dates the occupation by less than a year and thus aims to quell public anxieties about Japan’s impending colonial aggression. The second occurs sixty years later in a play that tells the story of a doomed romance between a Japanese soldier and an Indonesian dancer. The following essay explores ways in which each production uses Indonesian cultural imagery within a larger framework that presents pan-Asian identity as an aspect of Japanese nationalist ideology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Memorializing Colonialism: Images of the Japanese Occupation of Indonesia in Japanese Popular Theatre

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 29 (2) – Feb 14, 2012

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Abstract: This article explores representations of the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in two examples of Japanese popular theatre. The first example is from a Takarazuka production that pre-dates the occupation by less than a year and thus aims to quell public anxieties about Japan’s impending colonial aggression. The second occurs sixty years later in a play that tells the story of a doomed romance between a Japanese soldier and an Indonesian dancer. The following essay explores ways in which each production uses Indonesian cultural imagery within a larger framework that presents pan-Asian identity as an aspect of Japanese nationalist ideology.

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 14, 2012

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