井底之蛙

12/11/2007

Comparing Taiwan to ….

Filed under: — Jonathan Dresner @ 3:25 am

I’m going to be teaching my 20th century China class for the second time in the Spring, and I still haven’t figured out how to handle Taiwan to my satisfaction. Ideally, I’d assign one of the new survey histories — Taiwan: A New History is in my office somewhere — but it’s enough work getting through the books I already assign with my students. Spence, for all his virtues, doesn’t really do Taiwan any justice in the later sections of The Search for Modern China1 so something needs to be done.

Anyway, that’s why I was particularly pleased to see a notice from Jonathan Benda about the first edition of the e-journal Taiwan in Comparative Perspectives. There are some interesting-looking articles: I skimmed the intro to one because I couldn’t tell from the title what it was about (it was about architecture, which I would have known if I knew anything about architecture) and skimmed through the one on comparative public memory as a possible reading for late in the semester. There’s a small book review section, but it includes — already in the first issue! — an unhappy response from the author of a reviewed book, which I love.2 There’s a thought-provoking, but pie-in-the-sky, article about the EU sovereignty model in relation to the Taiwan sovereignty question which I might well have to give to my China-US grad students. It’s all from a research group at the London School of Economics, and it’s free, so there’s no reason not to take a look at it.

  1. though I find the earlier sections quite good, very teachable []
  2. it’s the part I read first, in every journal I get: Communications to the Editor! Is this odd? []

12/6/2007

Asian History Carnival Coming Soon

Filed under: — K. M. Lawson @ 6:25 pm

We will soon be hosting an Asian History Carnival at the Frog in a Well: China weblog on December 12th. Read more about the Asian History Carnival and how you can nominate posts for inclusion here. The carnival will include excellent weblog postings on Asian History written since October 10th, along with some related online resources. You can also easily recommend nominations by tagging them on del.icio.us with the tag “ahcarnival” (http://del.icio.us/tag/ahcarnival/).

Great Moments in International Journalism

Filed under: — Jonathan Dresner @ 12:47 pm

Philip J. Cunningham at Informed Comment Global Affairs has a great post about Chinese State TV and their Dialogue commentary program. I’m just going to excerpt the funny and historical bit below the fold, but the rest of the discussion, hopeful and realistic, is quite worthwhile. The focus is actually on the collaboration/mutual exploitation relationship between CCTV and Japan’s NHK.
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Asian symbols

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 8:39 am

 

Useless Tree has a post up on the Chinese roots of the Korean flag. This post led me to look up an interesting, if rather old, article on the use of “the T’ai Chi symbol in Japanese wartime propaganda.”1 That Japanese governments in  China used “Chinese/Pan-Asian” images like the Great Ultimate was not news to me. What was new was his discussion of the use of the image in Korea. Obviously in the end it ended up on the Korean flag, but before that it was a very common symbol in Korean architecture, turning up on all sorts of gates and entryways, especially for official buildings, schools, temples, etc. Rowe also says that the symbol turned up on the Independence Arch in Seoul, which was erected right after the Russo-Japanese War and symbolized Korean independence. Soon after that the flag became a symbol of resistance against Japan. Has anybody done anything more recent than Rowe on Korean nationalist symbolism?

  1. Rowe, David Nelson. “The T’Ai Chi Symbol in Japanese War Propaganda.” The Public Opinion Quarterly 5, no. 4 (Winter 1941): 532-547. []

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