- Title Pages
- Prologue: Three Stone Steles in Shenyang
- Part I Remote Homeland, Lost Empire
- 1 Remote Homeland, Contested Borderland
- 2 Between Empire and Nation
- Part II Contested Borderland, Redefined Identity
- 3 Legitimizing Statehood, Revising History
- 4 Ethnic Harmony, Colonial Reality
- 5 Historicizing the Manchus, Deterritorializing Manchuria
- 6 Redefining the Manzu, Remapping Ethnic Autonomy
- Part III Experiencing Borderlands, Re-understanding Homeland
- 7 A Trial of Treason
- 8 Tales of Two Empires
- Appendix 1 Chronology
- Appendix 2 Japanese Agencies in Manchuria
- Appendix 3 Ethnic Distribution of Population in Manchoukuo (1937)
- Appendix 4 Population of the Manchus and Han in Manchoukuo (1935–1937)
- Appendix 5 Immigration into Manchuria (1926–1938)
- About the Author
- Production Notes
A Trial of Treason
A Trial of Treason
Aisin Gioro Xianyu and Identity Dilemma
- (p.221) 7 A Trial of Treason
- Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland
- University of Hawai'i Press
This chapter foregrounds individuals' experiences with community reconstruction and identity redefinition amid the borderland contestation over Manchuria. It examines how Aisin Gioro Xianyu, a Manchu princess who tried to obtain Japanese support for the restoration of the Manchu regime, failed to negotiate her ethnic and national identities at her trial for treason after the Japanese empire collapsed. Living in an era replete with ethnic tension and international wars, Xianyu's repeated crossing of national boundaries puts her squarely within a generation of people who had complicated transnational and cross-ethnic profiles. Xianyu's trial reveals the political consequences for individuals of the deterritorialization of Manchuria and the ethnification of the Manchus.
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