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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Uris Hall, G08 109 Tower Road
Jihyun Han (Ph.D. Candidate, History, Cornell University) leads this workshop.
This paper examines two layers of local history: Northeast China’s colonial experience in the 1930-the 1940s and local historians’ writing of it in the 1950-60s. In analyzing various forms of historical writings about Japanese occupation of the region published in the Mao-period Northeast, this paper argues that local historians developed a discourse strategy of obscuring the past. In obfuscating the enemy and blurring the colonial life of the people in the region, local historians went for three cognitive effects: negotiating locally unique colonial experience with the Chinese Communist Party’s master narrative of the Chinese Revolution; appropriating the concept of enemy in response to contemporary politics, and deferring judgment against everyday colonial compliance of the local people.
Introduction by Su-Yeon Seo (Ph.D. student, Asian Studies, Cornell University)Discussion by Tianyi Shou (Ph.D. candidate, Comparative Literature, Cornell University)
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