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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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Searching for Memories of Colonial Literature in Modern History

Searching for Memories of Colonial Literature in Modern History

Centring Mei Niang’s Border and Generational Crossings

(p.189) 12 Searching for Memories of Colonial Literature in Modern History
Manchukuo Perspectives

Zhang Quan

, Norman Smith
Hong Kong University Press

Mei Niang (1916-2013) enjoyed the longest career amongst those in Manchukuo’s “Manchurian writer group.” The century spanning Mei Niang's life witnessed dramatic, transformative change for both China and the world, and her experiences evoke a richly colourful, complex, and confusing history marked by political tensions. This chapter analyses important elements of the woman writer's professional career – from her use of local Northeastern words, Chinese translations of Japanese literature, and her award-winning novel Crabs. It argue that her fictional production during imperial Japan's occupation was not colonial per se but, rather, should be considered within the context of an extraordinary young woman’s experience of surviving colonialism and her perceptions of it.

Keywords:   Mei Niang, Manchukuo, "Aquarium" series of novels, Sino-Japanese translation, Kume Masao, Liu Longguang

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