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Manchukuo PerspectivesTransnational Approaches to Literary Production$
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Annika A. Culver and Norman Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528134

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528134.001.0001

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Linguistic Hybridity, Transnational Connectivity, and the Cultural Territorialization of Colonial Literature

Linguistic Hybridity, Transnational Connectivity, and the Cultural Territorialization of Colonial Literature

The Case of Gu Ding

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(p.83) 5 Linguistic Hybridity, Transnational Connectivity, and the Cultural Territorialization of Colonial Literature
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Manchukuo Perspectives
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Miya Qiong Xie

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528134.003.0006

This chapter examines conceptualization and use of a hybrid Chinese language by a leading Manchukuo Chinese writer, Gu Ding (1914/1916–1964). This hybrid language references a type of vernacular Chinese, mixing elements of Japanese vocabulary and syntax, classical and local Chinese, and other linguistic elements from the Manchurian frontier into standard vernacular Chinese, resulting in a collage of different literary styles. By investigating Gu’s theory and practice of this experimental language, the chapter demonstrates how a transnational literary form shaped within the colonial frontier lent voice to a colonial writer’s political agenda for cultural survival, and the limits of this linguistic strategy under political domination. It therefore provides a new way to understand Chinese intellectuals’ collaboration with and resistance to the Japanese in the Manchukuo context.

Keywords:   territorialization, linguistic hybridity, collaboration, New Life, Unit 731, bubonic plague, compound ethnicities

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