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Resisting Manchukuo

Chinese Women Writers and the Japanese Occupation

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Resisting Manchukuo

Chinese Women Writers and the Japanese Occupation

The first book in English on women’s history in twentieth-century Manchuria, Resisting Manchukuo adds to a growing literature that challenges traditional understandings of Japanese colonialism. Norman Smith reveals the literary world of Japanese-occupied Manchuria (Manchukuo, 1932-45) and examines the lives, careers, and literary legacies of seven prolific Chinese women writers during the period. He shows how a complex blend of fear and freedom produced an environment in which Chinese women writers could articulate dissatisfaction with the overtly patriarchal and imperialist nature of the Japanese cultural agenda while working in close association with colonial institutions.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Chinese Women and Cultural Production in a Japanese Colonial Context

2 Foundations of Colonial Rule in Manchukuo and the “Woman Question”

3 Manchukuo’s Chinese-Language Literary World

4 Forging Careers in Manchukuo

5 Disrupting the Patriarchal Foundations of Manchukuo

6 Contesting Colonial Society

7 The Collapse of Empire and Careers

8 Resisting Manchukuo

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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