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The Romance of a Literatus and His Concubine in Seventeenth-Century China by Jun Fang and Lifang He (review)

The Romance of a Literatus and His Concubine in Seventeenth-Century China by Jun Fang and Lifang...  China Review International: Vol. , No. ,  politicized terrain of national identity claims enables comparisons to distinct identity claims that might be germinating in other localities. Becoming Taiwanese cuts through the morass of ideological stances that have essentialized aspects of Taiwanese history, culture, and demography in order to bolster assertions for political separation from China. Dawley traces nuances of evolving discourses, community networks, political cooptation and representation, organizational systems, physical sites, and religious practices that hardened local “insider” consciousness against “outsider” pressures to conform to the requirements first of Japan’s imperial ambitions and then to Nationalist efforts to reclaim China from its island retreat. Drawing on multiple archives in Taiwan and Japan, Becoming Taiwanese provides a transcalar understanding of how the history of Jilong as an urban community intersected with those of Taiwan, the Qing empire and its peripheries, Japan and its expanding imperial reach, and then the Nationalist as they retrenched. Becoming Taiwanese engages actively and intelligently with the secondary literatures of each of these fields and merits full attention from scholars of East Asia, empires, migration, and ethnicity. Madeline Y. Hsu Madeline Y. Hsu is a professor of history and Asian American studies at The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Romance of a Literatus and His Concubine in Seventeenth-Century China by Jun Fang and Lifang He (review)

China Review International , Volume 25 (2) – Jul 23, 2020

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Abstract

 China Review International: Vol. , No. ,  politicized terrain of national identity claims enables comparisons to distinct identity claims that might be germinating in other localities. Becoming Taiwanese cuts through the morass of ideological stances that have essentialized aspects of Taiwanese history, culture, and demography in order to bolster assertions for political separation from China. Dawley traces nuances of evolving discourses, community networks, political cooptation and representation, organizational systems, physical sites, and religious practices that hardened local “insider” consciousness against “outsider” pressures to conform to the requirements first of Japan’s imperial ambitions and then to Nationalist efforts to reclaim China from its island retreat. Drawing on multiple archives in Taiwan and Japan, Becoming Taiwanese provides a transcalar understanding of how the history of Jilong as an urban community intersected with those of Taiwan, the Qing empire and its peripheries, Japan and its expanding imperial reach, and then the Nationalist as they retrenched. Becoming Taiwanese engages actively and intelligently with the secondary literatures of each of these fields and merits full attention from scholars of East Asia, empires, migration, and ethnicity. Madeline Y. Hsu Madeline Y. Hsu is a professor of history and Asian American studies at The

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 23, 2020

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