The Representation of China in Nyoning-geijutsu: An Analysis of the Records of Women Who Crossed from Japan into China

Jiajia YANG
2019 Border Crossings The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies  
✉ This paper discusses women intellectuals' perception of China before and after 1930, through an analysis of the magazine Nyonin-geijutsu (July, 1928-June, 1932. By analyzing through a gender and postcolonial lens, the records of women who crossed from Japan to China and published their articles in Nyonin-geijutsu, this study clarifies how these writers represented China and how they perceived China at that time. The writers revealed three aspects of China: dynamism,
more » ... na: dynamism, invisible colonialism, and the ideal female image. Regarding the perspective of dynamic China, these women were not restricted by imperialist ideology; rather, they were impressed by a dynamic China and were critical of Japanese imperialism. Regarding the perspective of invisible colonialism, the women enjoyed the prosperity of capitalism, satisfied their curiosity and dreamt of a romantic and modern world in particular areas controlled by each empire. It is also clear that the contributors to Nyonin-geijutsu were stimulated by the liberating figure of their Chinese female contemporaries rather than looking down on Chinese women, and they reflected on their own selves and re-recognized themselves by learning from Chinese women. This study reveals a gap in the history of modern cultural development in East Asia. In discussions on such development, this route in the cultural exchanges between Japan and China should not be overlooked. A b s t r a c t
doi:10.22628/bcjjl.2019.8.1.129 fatcat:f5ydqsfxv5hrxatpmx5ihfe57u