• Anti-Japan: The Politics of Sentiment in Postcolonial East Asia

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  • Acknowledgments
    Introduction. Anti-Japanism (and Pro-Japanism) in East Asia
    1. When Bruce Lee Meets Gojira: Transimperial Characters, Anti-Japanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Failure of Decolonization
    2. "Japanese Devils": The Conditions and Limits of Anti-Japanism in China
    3. Shameful Bodies, Bodily Shame: "Comfort Women" and Anti-Japanism in South Korea
    4. Colonial Nostalgia or Postcolonial Anxiety: The Dosan Generation In-Between "Retrocession" and "Defeat"
    5. "In the Name of Love": Critical Regionalism and Co-Viviality in Post-East Asia
    6. Reconciliation Otherwise: Intimacy, Indigeneity, and the Taiwan Difference
    Epilogue. From Anti-Japanism to Decolonizing Democracy: Youth Protests in East Asia
  • Anti-Japan is a timely intervention that unpacks the entangled complexity of contemporary East Asian subjectivities across China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. One of the very few creative authorities on the politics of popular culture, Leo T. S. Ching produces historically and locally grounded work that continues to focus on mental-psychic conditions from which to locate the unresolved contradictions of Japanism and Americanism, as well as sources of hope beyond the nation-state. A must read.” — Kuan-Hsing Chen, author of, Asia as Method: Toward Deimperialization

    “Filled with innovative, unique, and sensitive insights, Anti-Japan offers a brilliantly crafted critique of nationalist responses to the incomplete decolonization of East Asia following World War II. Leo T. S. Ching interrogates the historicity and limits of these responses while painstakingly excavating the possibilities of reckoning with the violence and trauma produced by Japanese colonialism, imperialism, and militarism. Ching's work is transnational and postnationalist in the best sense.” — Takashi Fujitani, author of, Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II

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  • Description

    Although the Japanese empire rapidly dissolved following the end of World War II, the memories, mourning, and trauma of the nation's imperial exploits continue to haunt Korea, China, and Taiwan. In Anti-Japan Leo T. S. Ching traces the complex dynamics that shape persisting negative attitudes toward Japan throughout East Asia. Drawing on a mix of literature, film, testimonies, and popular culture, Ching shows how anti-Japanism stems from the failed efforts at decolonization and reconciliation, the Cold War and the ongoing U.S. military presence, and shifting geopolitical and economic conditions in the region. At the same time, pro-Japan sentiments in Taiwan reveal a Taiwanese desire to recoup that which was lost after the Japanese empire fell. Anti-Japanism, Ching contends, is less about Japan itself than it is about the real and imagined relationships between it and China, Korea, and Taiwan. Advocating for forms of healing that do not depend on state-based diplomacy, Ching suggests that reconciliation requires that Japan acknowledge and take responsibility for its imperial history.

    About The Author(s)

    Leo T. S. Ching is Associate Professor of Japanese and East Asian Cultural Studies at Duke University and author of Becoming "Japanese": Colonial Taiwan and the Politics of Identity Formation.
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