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Memory MapsThe State and Manchuria in Postwar Japan$
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Mariko Asano Tamanoi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832674

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832674.001.0001

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Oral Histories

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Mariko Asano Tamanoi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the oral testimonies of the returnees from Manchuria to the Ina Valley and other parts of Nagano. These people emigrated to Manchuria in the age of empire but were subsequently repatriated to Japan between 1946 and 1949. Through analyses of their oral accounts, it attempts to both reconstruct the everyday life of Japanese agrarian colonists in Manchuria in the age of empire (historical truth) and explore the subjectivity of these former colonists in remembering the power of the Japanese state (interviewees' truth in their remembering). To interpret their memories for these goals, it first examines written sources in order to understand the history of Manchurian colonization by the emigrants from Nagano.

Keywords:   Manchuria, emigration, oral history, Japanese empire, Japanese agrarian colonists, colonization, Japanese emigrants, Nagano

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