“The State” and Nostalgia in Postwar Japan
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.
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