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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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“The State” and Nostalgia in Postwar Japan

(p.140) 6 Conclusions
Memory Maps

Mariko Asano Tamanoi

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter considers the theoretical questions of “the state” and the relationship among place, voice, and nostalgia. The four memory maps discussed in the preceding chapters are by no means mutually exclusive but overlap, often producing sub- or local-memory maps. The chapter attempts to integrate these memory maps in the transnational space covering Japan and China. It is argued that in remembering Manchuria, those who have appeared in this book depicted the Japanese state differently, depending on who they were and where in the present they stood. The memories of one person, whether he or she is a high-raking state official or an agrarian settler, never reveal the historical truth of the power of the Japanese state. But the memories of many people of different nationalities, classes, genders, and generations who try to remember at various points—the “presents”—bring us at least closer to such truth.

Keywords:   Manchuria, Japanese agrarian colonists, Japan, China, memory maps, history, Japanese state

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