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
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages415
ISBN (Electronic)9789811596742
ISBN (Print)9789811596735
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Cultural History
  • cultural studies
  • East Asian politics
  • Greater China
  • War memorials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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