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In the Ruins of the Japanese EmpireImperial Violence, State Destruction, and the Reordering of Modern East Asia$
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Barak Kushner and Andrew Levidis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528288

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528288.001.0001

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Reconstructing Sino-Japanese Friendship: East Asian Literary Camaraderie in Postwar Japan’s Sinitic Poetry Scene

Reconstructing Sino-Japanese Friendship: East Asian Literary Camaraderie in Postwar Japan’s Sinitic Poetry Scene

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(p.204) 9 Reconstructing Sino-Japanese Friendship: East Asian Literary Camaraderie in Postwar Japan’s Sinitic Poetry Scene
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In the Ruins of the Japanese Empire
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Matthew Fraleigh

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528288.003.0010

In the pages of the journal Friends in Elegance, launched in May 1951, Japanese and Chinese literary figures envisioned restoring the harmony of regional amity through the shared heritage of Sinitic poetry. Focusing on figures such as the Sinological Imezaki Tenpō, this chapter restores the vision of a literary Sinosphere, one untouched by war and violence, and transcending empire and Cold War. With a deft touch Mathew Fraleigh delves through the work of Sinitic poets including Miura Eiran, Kokubu Seigai and Mori Kaisan and traces the attempt to foster Sino-Japanese friendship through a shared cultural inheritance. One, in which expressions of benevolence, celebrations of peace held open the possibilities of a regional unity transcending the Cold War. Ending on an elegiac moment of hope, the chapter points to how a shared literary landscape might once again provide a realm of cooperation beyond politics and force of arms.

Keywords:   Literary tradition, Sino-Japanese relations, Japanese literary history, Sinitic poetry societies

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