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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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Tales of Two Empires

Tales of Two Empires

The Conquerors, the Colonized, and the Heroes

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Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland

Dan Shao

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter is based on memoirs, autobiographies, and local gazetteers collected from Manchuria from the late Qing to the PRC, as well as on interviews with Manzu people. It analyzes the initiatives taken by individuals and local elites in rewriting their ethnohistory in general and in revising their narratives about the Qing empire and Manchoukuo in particular. Two ways in which historical tales are usually told are addressed: narration and writing. Despite a certain imbalance in the amount of available and accessible primary sources from each genre, this chapter's inclusion of different categories of Manzu narrations about the two empires is pertinent to this study's emphasis on the complexity of the social and historical contexts in which individual and local accounts of the past are constantly revised in accordance with what is available, acceptable, and effective for the reconfiguration of identity.

Keywords:   identity redefinition, Manchu narrations, Manchu writing, ethnohistory, Manchu identity

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