View the H-Asia Discussion Logs by month
View the Prior Message in H-Asia's November 2008 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
View the Next Message in H-Asia's November 2008 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
Visit the H-Asia home page.
Member's publication: _Taiwan in Japan's Empire Building: An Institutional Approach to Colonial Engineering_. by Caroline Hui-yu Ts'ai. ************************************************************************ From: Hui-yu Caroline Ts'ai <firstname.lastname@example.org> I am pleased to share the news of my new book which is forthcoming. Caroline Hui-yu Ts'ai _Taiwan in Japan's Empire Building: An Institutional Approach to Colonial Engineering_. London: Routledge, 2008 xviii, 323 pp. ISBN 10: 0-415-44738-0 (hbk) ISBN 10: 0-203-88875-8 (ebk) ISBN 13: 978-0-415-44738-6 (hbk) ISBN 13: 978-0-203-88875-9 (ebk) This book is about Taiwan under Japanese rule. It is a study of colonial engineering. The word "engineering¡" seems to imply a mechanism set up by the sagacious Japanese--with perfect foresight and far-sighted planning -- who correctly envisioned the ruling of Taiwanese society and went on to frame policies accordingly. A more historicized perception of Japanese rule in Taiwan, which this book attempts to present, argues that Japanese plans were more ad hoc. The book is comprehensive but not exhaustive. It is written from the perspective of institutional history. In each chapter, the author uses a somewhat different approach, summarily termed "colonial engineering," to explore a major issue. The book is composed of three parts: Part I, on law, order, and governance; Part II, on colonial engineering; and Part III, on war, mobilization, and legacy. The first three chapters are rather technical but provide necessary background information to the administrative structure, while later chapters deal more directly with political and social change. Organization of colonial space is a major theme of this book. The rise of informal technology and knowledge engineering create a possibility for imagining the production of space. Ultimately, this book is about social grafting and colonial engineering. It illuminates how Japanese colonial administration worked, or it did not work. It takes as its subject the Japanese rule in Taiwan and argues that Japanese rule, in its imposition of disciplines of order, also left a legacy of discourses on modernity whose affects continue to be felt in Taiwan today. By highlighting changes brought about by total war on the colonial administrative structure, this book provides an alternative view of Taiwan that so long as culture and race were empowered to mobilize society, the individual for the first time became as a contested field for power and knowledge, as well as for governmentality and modernity. Essentially, the nature of the institutional studies dictates that the "hard history" approach has to be solidly grounded in the mechanism that came into play in the process. Scholars thus committed to the study have to place Japan's empire making at the center of the core discourse. The study of Japan's colonial engineering in Taiwan is a part of this scholarly approach. It attests to the problems encountered in the course of the construction of Japan's colonial discursive practice, and sets out to complement the prevailing views on Taiwan under Japanese rule. It places Taiwan within the discursive framework of Japan¡¯s colonial empire, while seeking to engage with modern China¡¯s national discourse. It is not only a book about colonial modernity, colonial governmentality, and colonial legacy -- it a discourse on Taiwan. Table of Contents List of Figures Maps List of Tables Appendices Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Japan's "colonial engineering" Decentering Japanese history The "hard history" approach Colonial engineering as a discourse Note on romanization PART I: Law, order, and colonial governance 1 "Rule by law" The legal tradition of modern Japan The bureaucratization of colonial governance 2 The Emperor's servants A modern bureaucracy The examination system The extra-bureaucracy 3 The "police as lord" The "colonial police sphere" The "all-powerful" police The "shift" model "Police politics" The special appointment system "Integrating the police with the county" Colonial spatiality reexamined PART II: Colonial engineering 4 Colonial governmentality Governmentality as a discourse Hoko as a control mechanism Plague control and disease prevention "Prohibiting opium-smoking by taxing it heavily" Colonial governmentality reconsidered 5 Social engineering "Social grafting" The issue of collaboration Colonial society in perspective 6 Creating the local The "local" as a colonial space "Self-government" as colonial engineering Local reform as a contending approach Rural revitalization as discourse A disciplinarian society PART III: War, mobilization, and legacy 7 The "Emperor's subjects" Taiwan in Japan's "sphere" "An unsinkable aircraft carrier" Labor drafts Oral history as Taiwan studies War and "total colony" 8 Bringing war back into history Doka as an empire-making discourse Ichigenka, 1942 "Administrative speed-up," 1943 "Improved treatment," 1944 Race, culture, and "the other" Japan's "alternative modernity" 9 Politics of memory and history Issues of modernity and coloniality The compensation movement Shusen as a battling narrative Narratives of Taiwan identity The "politics of ambivalence" Conclusion Appendices References Glossary Index Further information may be obtained at: http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Taiwan-in-Japans-Empire-Building-isbn9780415447386 Hui-yu Caroline Ts'ai Institute of Taiwan History Academia Sinica Nankang, Taipei, 11529 TAIWAN 886-2-26525358 ****************************************************************** To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to: <H-ASIA@h-net.msu.edu> For holidays or short absences send post to: <email@example.com> with message: SET H-ASIA NOMAIL Upon return, send post with message SET H-ASIA MAIL H-ASIA WEB HOMEPAGE URL: http://h-net.msu.edu/~asia/