That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao's China by Erik Esselstrom (review)

That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao's China by Erik... Reviews 35 Erik Esselstrom. That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao’s China. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019. x, 230 pp. Hardcover $68.00, ISBN 978-0-8248-7656-2. In a compact, four-chapter narrative, Erik Esselstrom’s new book brings to life the vibrant cultural currents and sub-currents circulating between China and Japan during the three decades since the end of WWII. Major events in “that distant country next door” often stimulated “everyday Japanese” to review their recent past of war on the continent and reassess the meaning of their own progress. Repeatedly, popular discourse on relations with China found its hinge on the highly contentious domestic debate about the U.S.-Japan relations, especially the Mutual Security Treaty, which had moved millions to the streets in protest. This study of Japanese perceptions of China, therefore, becomes also a study of Japanese reflections on their own society and its relations with the rest of the world. Stepping away from the beaten track of political narrative of relations between China and Japan, That Distant Country Next Door captures a large section in history by way of delineating the Japanese images of China under the Communist leadership. Historian Erik Esselstrom makes a strategic choice of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao's China by Erik Esselstrom (review)

China Review International, Volume 25 (1) – Mar 6, 2020

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-hawai-i-press/that-distant-country-next-door-popular-japanese-perceptions-of-mao-dQlDVVB0Hm
Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © University of Hawai'i Press.
ISSN
1527-9367

Abstract

Reviews 35 Erik Esselstrom. That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao’s China. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019. x, 230 pp. Hardcover $68.00, ISBN 978-0-8248-7656-2. In a compact, four-chapter narrative, Erik Esselstrom’s new book brings to life the vibrant cultural currents and sub-currents circulating between China and Japan during the three decades since the end of WWII. Major events in “that distant country next door” often stimulated “everyday Japanese” to review their recent past of war on the continent and reassess the meaning of their own progress. Repeatedly, popular discourse on relations with China found its hinge on the highly contentious domestic debate about the U.S.-Japan relations, especially the Mutual Security Treaty, which had moved millions to the streets in protest. This study of Japanese perceptions of China, therefore, becomes also a study of Japanese reflections on their own society and its relations with the rest of the world. Stepping away from the beaten track of political narrative of relations between China and Japan, That Distant Country Next Door captures a large section in history by way of delineating the Japanese images of China under the Communist leadership. Historian Erik Esselstrom makes a strategic choice of

Journal

China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 6, 2020

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off