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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: Modernity, Colonialism, and the Formation of a Cultural Empire

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pp. 1-18

In Around the World in 80 Days (1873), Jules Verne created the “most perfect gentleman of English society,” the righteous Phileas Fogg, Esq., who romped across continents and seas to win a 20,000 pound wager. Verne created this particular character to act out the fantasies and dreams of his readers. The fascination with the potential of modern technology, including trains, steamers, and hot air balloons (in the...

Part I: Friends or Foes: Early Phases of Pan- Asianism

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1. Miyazaki Tōten: The Last Revolutionary Rebel

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pp. 21-43

Despite centuries of sharing a written language and a rich cultural heritage, modern East Asia since the turn of the twentieth century has been the site of tensions and antagonisms that have led to bitter conflicts and even all- out warfare. Japan’s expansionist ambitions and the subsequent imperial project destabilized the status quo of a Sinocentric, continentally oriented geopo liti cal order. Its colonization of Taiwan, Korea, and subsequently many other Asian nations and regions further disrupted existing historical connections, and the aftereffects of...

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2. Kawahara Misako: Daughter, Teacher, Good Wife, Wise Mother, and Spy

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pp. 44-76

Miyazaki Tōten was the quintessential man displaced from his proper time— an ambitious youth who was born too late for the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement and too far away from the site of revolution, China, to have made a significant impact. The figure discussed in this chapter, Kawahara Misako,2 sometimes referred to by her married name, Ichinomiya Misako (1875– 1945), seems to have been the...

Part II: Narrating Self, Narrating Nation

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3. History, Memory, and (Auto)biography

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pp. 79-107

In Part I, I examined the knowledge flow and cultural exchanges at the turn of the twentieth century, in particular around the time of the Russo– Japanese War, which served as a catalyst for the chosen figures to reconfigure the relationship Japan had with the West and East Asia. The shifting reality of global geopolitics prompted them to express their perspectives and take personal action to foster transformations...

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4. Gender, Ethnicity, and the Spectacles of the Empire

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pp. 108-154

Popular culture, celebrities, even scandal and infamy tend to be localized, constrained by geographical and linguistic limitations. What audiences in one area think of as fascinating, interesting, or funny does not necessarily translate into the tastes of another region. America’s ability to export certain cultural commodities, such as films, fast food, and technology, may be an exception to the rule; over the last half...

Part III: The Cartography of Desire and Self-Realization

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5. Colonial Women and the Primitive: Masugi Shizue and Sakaguchi Reiko

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pp. 157-185

In 2008, Tsushima Yūko published the novel Too Barbaric (Amari ni yaban na), a massive tome about two Japanese women, one living in the 1930s, the other living in 2005, whose lives crossed paths on the island of Taiwan, a former colony of Japan. The protagonist Miyo (Miicha1 as she is known in the narrative) was a moga, a modern girl, who married a young university professor and moved to the colonial capital...

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6. Dancers of the Empire

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pp. 186-210

The 2003 documentary film Viva Tonal: The Dance Age (Tiaowushidai)3 traces the dissemination of pop u lar song and dance from Japan to colonial Taiwan in the 1930s. The Office of the Governor- General (Sōtokufu) first allowed rec ords to be imported from Japan en masse in 1928. Yet the affordability and the content did not suit the native population, 90 percent of whom were natives. It was not until 1933, when the...

Notes

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pp. 211-238

Glossary

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pp. 239-248

Bibliography

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pp. 249-278

Index

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pp. 279-297

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