Image, Imagination and Imaginarium: Remapping World War II Monuments in Greater China

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Abstract

This book explores five cases of monument and public commemorative space related to World War II (WWII) in contemporary China (Mainland), Hong Kong and Taiwan, all of which were built either prior to or right after the end of the War and their physical existence still remains. Through the study on the monuments, the project illustrates past and ongoing controversies and contestations over Chinese nation, sovereignty, modernism and identity. Despite their historical affinities, the three societies in question, namely, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, vary in their own ways of telling, remembering and forgetting WWII. These divergences are not only rooted in their different political circumstances and social experiences, but also in their current competitions, confrontations and integrations. This book will be of great interest to historians, sinologists and analysts of new Asian nationalism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillian
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-9674-2
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-9673-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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