Traces 2: Race Panic and Memory of Migratin
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU
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Statement of Purpose
Traces, a multilingual series of cultural theory and translation, calls for comparative I cultural theory that is attentive to global traces in the theoretical knowledge produced in specific locations and that explores how theories are themselves constituted in, and transformed by, practical social relations at diverse sites. We eagerly seek theory produced in disparate sites, including...
List of Editors
This is the second volume of Traces, an international series of cultural theory and translation established to challenge the ways in which "theory" and "culture" are distributed and "translation" is imagined and structured in the long aftermath of old colonial...
Part 1: Migratory Questions of Ethics
Trapped in Ambivalence: Chinese Indonesians, Victimhood, and the Debris of History
The unraveling of Western modernity as the master narrative for universal human progress has prompted many peoples to put themselves forward as victims of/in history - as having been wronged in the violent processes of European colonialism and...
Response to Ien Ang: "Trapped in Ambivalence"
As a relative stranger to the Indonesian milieu I am unavoidably trapped as well - not in ambivalence, for ambivalence implies a keen awareness of the complexities and ambiguities that attend any real-life situation, but rather in ignorance, that blissful state in which problems look deceptively simple. As a naive observer, I...
The Secrets of Ethnic Abjection
An indispensable and indisputable accomplishment of poststructuralist theory in the past several decades has been the permanent unsettling of the stability of referential meaning, what had been presumed to be anchored in the perfect fit between the signifier and signified. We...
Guests of the Nation: Ireland, Immigration, and Post-Colonial Solidarity
The recent (1999) controversy surrounding the suspension of a prominent Gaelic footballer from the Irish "compromise rules" football team in Australia for a racist slur directed at a young Australian player raises important questions about perceptions of racism and cultural diversity in Irish culture. The obscene remark was followed by an apology...
Part 2: Logics of Labor
Between the Hatred of All Walls and the Walls of Hate: The Minoritarian Diagonal of Mobility
Allow me to begin with a preliminary reflection on memory, since the subject of this colloquium is the memory of immigration. Memory, all memory, comprises two levels. The first is constituted of the givens susceptible to registration, whose various traces make up...
Recent Trends in Peasant Out-Migrations in Contemporary China
The participation of rural populations in nonagricultural activities in contemporary China is becoming a widespread socio-economic phenomenon. This change is not only transforming the structures of cities and towns; in equally important ways it is also profoundly influencing agricultural development itself, as well as reshaping the overall urban-rural framework...
The Politics of Gender and Nation Building
In the year 1998, the aggregate birth rate in Japan plummeted to the lowest in its history: the national average birthrate was 1 .38. Statistics for the city of Tokyo have been even lower; in 1997, the city's birth rate was 1.07 by contrast to the national average of 1.39. The total number of children born in the year 1997 was 1, 191,665. This compares...
"Welcome to Our Family"
Moving back and forth between Japan and Australia, I notice strange echoes in the fevered language of the media. In Japan, television stations run investigative documentaries on the " snakeheads" (jato), Chinese organized crime figures who supposedly control the flow of illegal migrants into Japanese ports: in Australia the term "illegal immigration...
Part 3: Memories of State
Japanese Colonial Rule and Modernity: Successive Layers of Violence
In August 1945, the Japanese government surrendered by accepting the Potsdam Declaration that had been issued by the Allied Powers. This declaration confirmed the basic line of the Cairo Declaration, which had called for the reversion of Taiwan to China and the independence of Korea, thereby returning the territory of Japan to the status....
Sexual Politics of State Violence: On the Cheju April Third Massacre of 1948
Crossing over "the age of extremes," as Eric J. Hobsbawm referred to the twentieth century, the new millennium has dawned on the world today; yet, the world stil l remains at the boundary between the ghost of the Cold War era and the utopia of the post-Cold War...
Narratives Engendering Survival: How the Muslims of Southwest China Remember the Massacres of 1873
This is not an account of recent events in the Balkans, but rather events that took place in southwest China in the 1870s. What is striking about this description is that with only a few slight changes it could also describe a myriad of other persecutions of the last century, a century which witnessed the Holocaust and promises of "never again...
Part 4: Displacement and National Ground
Polluting Memories: Migration and Colonial Responsibility in Australia
The question of the migrant's participation in the political processes of the host society is often an object of popular debate in host nations. In the public arguments generated around this issue, the portrayal of migrants fluctuates. They can be portrayed as the people who are too "home" -oriented1 and thus not participating, enough or as the...
Response to Ghassan Hage: A Few Fragments
n offering some comments on Ghassan Hag~'s paper, I'll start with some thoughts provoked by the opening sections of the paper, in which he discusses the Mabo Decision (Eddie Mabo vs. Queensland, 1992), according to which the High Court of Australia recognized that indigenous residents of Australia had rights which preceded and in some cases survived European settlement. I'd like to relate this to legislation affecting the...
Nibutani Project: A Sculpture Addressing the Issue of the Ainu People and the Nibutani Dam
The meanings and memories that criss-crossed this dam: how could they be enunciated? Through facts? Through words? Facing layers of sediment, that which had seeped away made itself known to me only in flickers. How could I give meaning to what had accumulated here, or interpret it? I would never be able to produce a work that did more...
Commentary on the Nibutani Project
Tomotari Mikako's artwork is deeply interesting to me as a practice which demonstrates how communal memory may be created, sustained, and transformed. At the same time, hers· is not a practice in which the activity of calling forth memory simply means reproducing things from...
Words of the Other
W hat does it mean for people to come together in time and space and within that shared time and space to encounter language, indeed, the language of the Other? We experienced something like this in Fukuoka, in Kyushu, over a two-day period this past December. "In Fukuoka, in Kyushu?" What could such words, almost too self-evident...
Conclusion: Editing Journal
I am trying to fax author Huang Ping (should I address him as Professor Huang? But he has been signing his e-mail posts "Ping" ... ) who is in London. Repeated busy signals when I attempt to send the fax. I try to reach a long distance operator, but our new domestic company, Verizon ( formerly GTE and Bell Atlantic) is experiencing a work slow...
Traces is published in Chinese, English, German, Japanese, and Korean. Each I article accepted for publication is translated into all the languages of the series. In addition to the languages of Traces publication, submissions in French, Italian and Spanish are particularly encouraged. All manuscript contributors...