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Making Sense of Experiences of a Japanese Diaspora in Postwar Taiwan, or Colonial Legacy and Contemporary Multiculturalism, Comparatively Speaking

With Dr Allen Chun (Academia Sinica)

Series: Seminar on Taiwan in Comparative Perspective|

Date: Thursday 7 February 2013, 6pm-8pm

Venue: TW2.3.02, Tower Two, London School of Economics

Chair: Dr Fang-Long Shih (LSE Taiwan Research Programme)

Abstract

The plight of ethnic Japanese who remained in Taiwan after the end of the Japanese colonial era or arrived during the postwar KMT era has been a subject of benign neglect. The experiences of ethnic Japanese during this period have ramifications vis- a-vis similar phenomena in Manchuria and Korea as well as for a general concept of diaspora. Their presence casts a shadow over the legacy of Japanese colonialism, while also raising questions about the meaning of 'multiculturalism' in Taiwan.

About the Speaker

Dr Allen Chun is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.  His research interests include socio-cultural theory, (trans)national identity, and (post)colonial formations.  Most of his empirical work has dealt with Chinese-speaking societies, contemporary and late traditional.  In addition to a recent book, Unstructuring Chinese Society: the fictions of colonial practice and the changing realities of 'land' in the New Territories of Hong Kong (Harwood Academic Publications 2000, reprinted by Routledge, 2002), he has edited a special double issue of Cultural Studies 14 3-4), entitled '(Post)colonialism and Its Discontents'; a special issue of Social Analysis 46 (2), entitled 'Global Dissonances'; and he has co-edited a book entitled Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: cosmopolitan flows, political tempos and aesthetic industries (RoutledgeCurzon).  His major papers have appeared in diverse journals, including Anthropological Theory, boundary 2, Communal/PluralCultural Studies, Current AnthropologyEthnic and Racial StudiesHistory and Anthropology, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Journal of Historical Sociology, Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Late Imperial China, Positions, Social Analysis, Theory, Culture & Society, and Toung Pao.

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