Re-understanding Japan: Chinese Perspectives, 1895-1945 (Book Title)


Program Description:

Re-understanding Japan examines transnational and transcultural interactions between China and Japan during those five dramatic and tragic decades, 1895-1945, at the intimate level of personal lives and behavior. At the center of Lu Yan’s study are four diverse yet significant case studies: military strategist Jiang Baili, literary critic and essayist Zhou Zuoren, Guomindang leader Dai Jitao, and romantic poet turned Communist Guo Moruo. In their public and private lives, these influential Chinese formed lasting ties with Japan and the Japanese. While their writings reached the Chinese public through the print mass media and served to enhance popular understanding of Japan and its culture, their activities in political, cultural, and diplomatic affairs paralleled significant turns in Sino-Japanese relations.(University of Hawai’i Press, 2004)


Lu Yan

Lu Yan, a native of Shanghai, is currently an associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. Her primary academic focus is modern Chinese history, especially transformation of Chinese culture and society, particularly Chinese-Japanese relations and Hong Kong as a global city and its influence on the mainland.

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