The Rhetoric of “The New Manchuria”: A Consideration of “The New Manchuria Magazine” from the Manchukuo Period

The Rhetoric of "The New Manchuria": A Consideration of "The New Manchuria Magazine" from the Manchukuo Period

Xiaoli Liu - Professor Department of Chinese Language & Literature, East China Normal University

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
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As a puppet state of Japan, Manchukuo created an ideology of New Manchu in the northeastern part of China. This paper first explores how Manchu turned into New Manchu, and then discusses the logic of imperialism hidden behind the rhetoric of new Manchu. The logic implied that Japan was advanced, civilized and attractive but Manchu was underdeveloped, inferior and uncivilized, so Manchu needed to be civilized and transformed by Japan. The paper finally discusses who lives happily under the governance of the Manchukuo, and tries to examine the complicated relationship between colonial domination and modernity.

Professor LIU Xiaoli did her undergraduate and master degree at Northeast China Normal University. She received her PhD in Modern Chinese literature from East China Normal University. And then, she has been teaching at the department of Chinese language & literature at East China Normal University in Shanghai.  Liu’s research interest focuses on Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, especially Manchukuo Literature (1932-1945); Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art, especially Abstract Art; and Aesthetic Theory, especially Analysis Aesthetics. She has published a few papers and several books on these topics, and constructed a database for Manchukuo Literature.  Liu is currently serving as a Visiting Professor in the Department of History at Suffolk University.