Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Beneath the surface of the current political battles

Interesting quote from Leo T.S. Ching's, Becoming "Japanese":
The abrupt dissolution of the Japanese Empire by an external mandate instead of through prolonged struggle and negotiation with its colonies has enable Japan to circumvent and disavow its colonial question and, in turn, quickened its economic recovery. In Taiwan the sudden void left by the Japanese colonizer after "liberation" was filled not by the Taiwanese but by the takover army from mainland China. The graft and corruption of the mainlanders fostered in the Taiwanese a deep resentment against the Chinese, and they consequently reconstituted and reimagined their colonial relationship with Japan.


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