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Remote Homeland, Recovered BorderlandManchus, Manchoukuo, and Manchuria, 1907-1985$
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Dan Shao

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834456

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834456.001.0001

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A Trial of Treason

A Trial of Treason

Aisin Gioro Xianyu and Identity Dilemma

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Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland

Dan Shao

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.

Keywords:   Aisin Gioro Xianyu, community reconstruction, identity redefinition, ethnic tension, national boundaries, cross-ethnic, transnational

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