Uchiyama Kanzō's Shanghai Bookstore and Its Role in Sino-Japanese Literary Relations
This chapter introduces the key figure in literary exchange during the interwar period, Uchiyama Kanzō (1885–1959), and describes how his bookstore served as the unofficial hub for interactions between Chinese and Japanese writers. It also discusses Uchiyama's relationship with Lu Xun. It then evaluates how the relationship between these two men was tested in the fires of political intrigue and scrutiny by the authorities and was strengthened in the process. Without exception, every writer treated in this study was in some way indebted to the efforts of Uchiyama Kanzō at cultural bridging. In conclusion, Uchiyama Shudian, specializing in Japanese texts, including translations, was the finest store of its kind in Shanghai. An examination of Uchiyama's voluminous writings about his life in China provides evidence that he envisioned himself as something of a missionary for the cause of Sino-Japanese cultural relations, and he attacked the duties of fostering cultural interchange and good will with evangelical zeal.
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